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Women's Studies Reference Sources


Our Reference Collection, on the first floor of the Library, is arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System, which groups together items on the same subject. The Library's book stacks, on the second and third floors, and our print periodicals, on the second floor, are also arranged according to this system. Books on feminism and women in general are in HQ 1101 - HQ 2030. Books on other aspects of women's studies are in different parts of the classification. For more information, please see Finding Books for Women's Studies.

In the Reference collection, you will find, among other things, specialized encyclopedias and handbooks, biographical dictionaries for notable women, compilations of statistics, and bibliographies listing key works for the study of many women's studies topics. If you are looking for specific information, please ask for assistance at the Reference desk, also on the first floor.

Here are a few recommended reference sources available at the HSU Library. Use the call numbers to find the print sources in the Reference collection on the first floor of the library. You may also use the call numbers as a guide to finding material on the same subjects in the main book and print periodical stacks.

Subject encyclopedias are especially useful reference sources. Written on general or specialized topics, they have summary articles, often written by scholars or other experts, that give you an overview of a topic. Use subject encyclopedias to

Here is how to find subject encyclopedias in our online catalog:

For more help with using the Reference Collection, please come to the Reference desk.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2005

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