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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Gender Studies

Keyword searching suggestions

Consider using these keywords when searching in the databases [Starting with Academic Search Complete is recommended] or One Search

Femininity | Feminist theory | Queer | Transgender | LGBTQ+ | Gender | Gender identity | Lesbians | Masculinity | Men | Sex differences | Sex role | Sexism | Sexuality | Transgenderism | Women |

You can combined search terms to narrow down your topic by using AND for example:

Women AND Gangs | Masculinity AND Drug Trafficking | Queer AND Substance Abuse | Women AND Parole | Parents AND Gangs | Gender and Sex Workers | transgender AND Murder | Gender and Criminal Identity | Gender and Offender

You might want to limit your searches even more and make sure that your search results are actually about the topic you are researching, by subject searching one or more terms in OneSearch Advanced search. for example.

Results for Nigeria (as subject) AND Gay (as keyword) in OneSearch


What is gender studies?

Gender studies examines the ways in which gender (masculinity and femininity) is constructed, supported and given meaning by and through institutions, social organizations, and relations of power. For an extended discussion of gender studies, please refer to:

Encyclopedia of Sex and GenderGender Studies.  Roof, J. (2007). In Malti-Douglas, F. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Vol.2.  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. pp. 624-628.   



Cover of the International Encyclopedia of the Social SciencesGender Studies. (2008). In Darity, Jr., W.A. (Ed.).  International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. pp. 279-281.  


Gender Studies at John Jay College

Gender Studies Program at John Jay College

Gender Studies Faculty at John Jay College

The Women's Center for Gender Justice at John Jay College

Gender in the News


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Authors of this guide

Written and updated by reference librarian Karen Okamoto and the library liaison to the Gender Studies Program, Ellen Belcher.