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Gender Studies: Books, DVDs, and Gov-Docs

Research guide for students enrolled in Gender Studies courses at the University of Northern Colorado

Using the Books & More Tab AKA the "Catalog"

The "Books & More" tab takes you to the library catalog where you can search for books, book chapters, DVDs and other media, and government documents.  You may choose to use either the Encore Catalog (with iconographic and tagging features) or the Classic Catalog (simpler interface).

Prospector--Regional

If the book you need is checked out, or otherwise not available here at UNC, try Prospector, the statewide library catalog. Books can be requested and sent via courier for your pickup at the Access Services (Circulation) desk.

Worldcat--International

When you cannot locate items at UNC Libraries or within Prospector, your next option is WorldCat, a catalog of books and other materials from libraries worldwide.  Use our interlibrary loan service.

Subject Headings for Researching Gender

When searching in the catalog (the "Books & More" tab), you may cover all the bases by formulating your search this way:  ("gender identity" or "sex role" or "sex differences").  You may also use one or more of the following subject headings "masculinity," "femininity," "women," "men," "transgender people," or "intersex people."   Here are some examples of more specific subject headings:  "sex differences in education," "sex role in motion pictures," or "sex role in the work environment."

Subject Headings for Researching Sexual Orientation

Subject terms include:  "sexual minorities," "gays," "lesbians," "gay men," "bisexuals," or "transsexuals."

Subject Headings

Scholars share a common language.  Subject headings (or descriptors) make up the controlled vocabulary used in library catalogs and databases.  Ask a librarian for help with finding Library of Congress subject headings that fit your topic.

You don't need subject headings when you have a particular book title or book author in mind.

A simple keyword search is fine for casual searching.  But to conduct a precise search for books on your topic at Michener Library, do a subject search in our online catalog using subject headings.


For example, "sex role" is the standard subject heading that is used instead of the phrase "gender role."

Browsing for Books in the Stacks

Browsing is just one method of searching for books.  Many of the books about gender roles and sexual orientation are in the HQ section on the third floor of Michener Library.  Here are some general ranges for you to browse: 

Gender roles:  HQ1075 - HQ1075.5

Men's studies:  HQ1088 - HQ1090.7

Women's studies:  HQ1101 - HQ 2030.7

Sexual orientation:  HQ74 - HQ77.95

Finding DVDs, Streaming Video

Limit your search by material type:  DVD Recording or Streaming Media

Me, my sex, and I  Michnr Video DVD  RC883.5.S47 M4 2011 

The codes of gender  Michnr Video DVD  P96.S5 C6 2009 

Finding Government Documents

Limit the "collection" to "government publications."