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Newspaper and Magazine Articles


Women's Wear Daily Archive Restricted Resource

Full-text database archiving the fashion industry's influential publication of record, Women's Wear Daily, featuring day-to-day news items, opinion pieces, runway reports, and beauty product reviews. Covers key moments in the history of the international fashion and beauty industry, including major designers, brands, retailers, and advertisers.

Regional Newspapers

National Newspapers Expanded Restricted Resource

Includes the following newspapers: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1990-present; Boston Globe, 1980-present; Chicago Tribune, 1985-present; Christian Science Monitor, 1980-present; Denver Post, 1988-present; Los Angeles Times, 1985-present; New York Times, 1980-present; USA Today, 1987-present; Wall Street Journal, 1984-present; Washington Post, 1987-present.


GenderWatch Restricted Resource

1970-present. A collection of hundreds of international journals, magazines, newsletters, regional publications, special reports, and conference proceedings devoted to the impact of gender across a broad range of subject areas.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource

Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.

Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource

1952-present. Includes citations and abstracts for articles in journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

PsycINFO Restricted Resource

Covers psychology and related disciplines including sociology, education, and sport. Worldwide coverage includes references to over 1,800 journals, dissertations, and book chapters.

America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource

Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.

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Multidisciplinary Databases

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource

An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.

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JSTOR Restricted Resource

Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

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Humanities Source Restricted Resource

Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 Restricted Resource

Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.

Films on Demand. Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource

Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.

Filmakers Library Online Restricted Resource

Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. 

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries--Disciplinary

glbtq: Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture

an online encyclopedia that includes bibliographies and a discussion board. Closed down and archived in April of 2015

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times Historical (1851-2010) Restricted Resource

Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2010. For current access, see National Newspapers Expanded, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.

America's Historical Newspapers Restricted Resource

1690-1922. Electronic editions-of-record for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers compiled in a single database. Paid ads are excluded.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource

Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries

Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.

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WorldCat Restricted Resource

Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Center for Research Libraries

A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.


Reference Sources

AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource

Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.

U.S. Newspapers and Magazines (Current)

Scarlet & Black (Grinnell College)

1894-present. Newspaper published by the students of Grinnell College. The Scarlet & Black website features articles from 2007 to the present. The fully-searchable online archive covers from the first edition in September 1894 through May 2010.

Policy Statement:
This online file of the S&B represents the archive of the paper as originally published and maintained by the Grinnell College Libraries. We seek to balance open access to the historical record with students’ reasonable expectations of privacy. The online file is open to all users of the Internet for searching. However, it will not be crawled or indexed by Internet search tools like Google. The content of the online file will not be altered and will not be removed, except as might be required by law. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Librarian of the College.

Scarlet & Black (Grinnell College)

1894-present. Newspaper published by the students of Grinnell College. The Scarlet & Black website features articles from 2007 to the present. The fully-searchable online archive covers from the first edition in September 1894 through May 2010.

Policy Statement:
This online file of the S&B represents the archive of the paper as originally published and maintained by the Grinnell College Libraries. We seek to balance open access to the historical record with students’ reasonable expectations of privacy. The online file is open to all users of the Internet for searching. However, it will not be crawled or indexed by Internet search tools like Google. The content of the online file will not be altered and will not be removed, except as might be required by law. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Librarian of the College.

Primary Sources

LGBT Thought and Culture Restricted Resource

Online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social, and cultural movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day. The collection includes documents ranging from letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights as well as memoirs, biographies, poetry, letters, and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbian, gay, transgendered, and bisexual individuals and the community.

Women & Women's History (University of Iowa Libraries. Iowa Digital Library)

Digitized primary source materials relating to women from the University of Iowa collections. Most materials are related to women in Iowa and/or women at the University of Iowa.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 Restricted Resource

Database of primary source documents from women's reform organizations such as the Women's Trade Union League, the National Association of Colored Women, Henry Street and Hull House settlements, and the National Women's Party.

Gerritsen Collection of women's history Restricted Resource

1543-1945. Online collection of books, pamphlets, and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights, originally created by Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen in the late 19th century. The collection is noteworthy for its size, scope, and diversity, and contains substantial material relating to women's experiences in the public arena as well as all aspects of women's lives within the home.

Women Working, 1800-1930

Online collection of primary source materials focusing on women's role in the United States economy, selected from Harvard University's library and museum holdings. Topics include commerce, costs of living, health and hygiene, home life, recreation, social issues, working conditions, and workplace regulations.

CWLU herstory project

Memos, newsletters, leaflets, position papers, general documents, recordings, and announcements tell the story of how the CWLU evolved and reveal the concerns of its members

ACT UP Oral History Project

A collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power in New York. A transcript of each interview is available in PDF as well as streaming video excerps of each interview.

American Women

A gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize HQ1115 .E43 2001 (2 volumes)

LGBT, encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize HQ 76.3 .U5 E53 2003 (3 volumes)

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor HQ1115 .G74 2003 (6 volumes)

Women's Studies Encyclopedia
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor HQ1115 .W645 1999 (3 volumes)

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Reference Sources

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (online) Restricted Resource

With over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies, Women in World History is the definitive reference work in the field.

Web sites

Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Inc.

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For over 60 years, the institute has been a trusted source for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction. was founded in February 2000 by Elizabeth Martin with the help of a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates, and web designers interested in seeing the power of the Internet help survivors of domestic violence.  In 2001, the website was launched to provide state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence. 

Institute fo Women's Policy Research (IWPR)

Website for a non-profit scientific research organization focused on addressing the needs of women, promoting public dialogue and strengthening families, communities, and societies.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online

FMF publishes Ms. Magazine and participates in action, education, and research on feminist issues. Includes lists of resources; links to freely available content;news and historical information.

Duke University Libraries' Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture: Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection

includes historical information on lesbian pulp fiction and prominent authors, a complete listing of the collections holdings, and additional readings section for materials that provid an introduction to the historical context.

Feminist Theory Website

Information about feminism and feminists in English, Spanish and French with the most developed sections in English. Includes biographies, ethnic and national feminism.

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives:

affiliated with the University of Southern California, the Archives houses the world's largest research library on GKBTQ heritage and concerns.

Women's Studies in Digital Archives

Web-based project of the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries identifies women's studies content available in broad digital collections of primary sources (books, diaries, letters, personal papers, pamphlets, images, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, and statistical data)

Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)

IWPR is a non-profit scientific research organization that seeks to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, strengthen families, communities, and societies in affiliation with the public policy and women's studies programs at George Washington University.

Society of American Archivists' Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable (LAGAR)

the Projects and Publication area includes archives of "Archival InQueeries" and the "Lavender Lagacies Guide" to resources in North America.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS)

focuses on the collection, preservation, exhibition, and accessibility of cultural, historical and artistic materials that are a part of GLBTQ communities. The archives represent one of the largest collections of primary resource materials chronicling GLBTQ history.

Other Sources


the Web version of The Advocate includes up-to-date news and links to other Web sites for travel, news, etc.

American Civil Liberties Union Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS Project

is a project that fights descrimination and shapes public opinion on GLBTQ rights through the courts, legislatures and public education. The site profiles current cases, news items, and a resources section with a collection of podcasts, videos, online resources, and printed materials.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

promotes fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. The organization has conducted several studies and the results are available on the Web site.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

founded in 1980, HRC is the largest GLBTQ civil rights organization in the United States. The focus of the organization is to ensure equality for GLBTQ people through political action and educational outreach.

In the Life

produces documentary stories for the GLBTQ communities.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

a U.S. -based nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, the mission of IGLHRC is to secure the human rights of all people impacted by discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. The Web site contains publications and resources that compile and record evidence of human rights violations, as well as fact sheets and position papers that summarize information related to the human rights of sexual and gender minorities worldwide

International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association Association (ILGA)

an "international non-profit and non-governmental community-based federation" has been in existence since 1978. This site includes infomation about GKBTQ legislation by country. The Web site is accessible in four languages.

Lambda Legal

has been working towards full equality for the GLBTQ community and people with HIV for years on both federal and state levels. The Web site includes information on significant court cases, etc. and a Cooperating Attorneys Network.


is the virtual presence of Logo, a lesbian and gay network from MTV Networks. Logo features stories, shows, and news as well as a gay and lesbian travel site and a music section.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by transgender activists to advocate and educate on issues of importance to transgender people.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

is one of the oldest GLBTQ civil rights organizations. The Web site contains reports, issue maps, and fact sheets on a variety of issues as well as ways to mobilize activism.


is the portal for the National Organization of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth provides resources of interest to GLBTQ youth. Includes an online magazine and discussion forum.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

provides up-todate information on programs, tools for change, resources, conference information, and guidance for individuals and chapters.

Queer Arts Resource (QAR)

is a Web site to expand the range and depth of knowledge about contemporary and historical queer art. Includes current and archived online galleries.

Style and Citation Guides

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper

Collection of links to guides for citation styles, prepared by the Duke University Libraries via Fisher College.

Chicago Manual of Style (Online) Restricted Resource

Completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also provides convenient tools, such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets, along with fully searchable Q&A content.


Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

Course Guides

is a subject guide to a vast range of queer, GLBTQ, and gender resources related to academics, culture theory, the body culture, music, literature, and related fields. Includes reviews and links to other sites.

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