WGST 26100 Psychology of Women

Principal Periodical Databases

PsycINFO -- This is the first place to start for most research in psychology. Created by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO contains more than 3 million citations and abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and other materials. The earliest citations date back to the nineteenth century, and the most recent are less than a month old. Almost all of the material you will find will be peer-reviewed.

In addition to PsycINFO, there are a few other databases you may find useful in research of the psychology of women.

  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • Gender Studies Collection
    This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.
  • LGBT life with Full Text
    World's literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues. (Was GLBT Life with Full Text)
Social Issues
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    Comprehensive coverage of sociology and related areas of study: criminology & criminal justice, demography,ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions and violence.
  • Diversity Studies Collection
    Covers a diversity of diversity topics related to social science, history and liberal arts. This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.
Other special fields Interdisciplinary

Online Reference

  • DSM-5 Reference Stacks RC455.2.C4 D54 2013
    American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 5th edition, provides a classification of mental illness diagnoses. [NOT freely available online]
  • Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories  2002
    Presents an overview of topics related to women and feminist scholarship, including theory, but related topics as well, such as collaborative learning, menopause, television, and single sex education.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History 2008
    Contains 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.

Further Reading

Note about Further Reading

The following list of books have been recommended by Professor Carla Golden. All are available in or through the Ithaca College Library. Books with call numbers are in the library's General Stacks. If no call number is provided, the book is available online.



Social issues

Feminist history and theory



  • Delusions of gender: how our minds, society, and neurosexism create difference by Cordelia Fine, Norton, 2010 QP360 .F52 2010
  • Pink brain, blue brain: how small differences grow into troublesome gaps and what we can do about it by Lise Eliot. Houghton Mifflin, 2009 QP81.5 .E45 2009
  • Sexing the body: Gender politics and the construction of sexuality by Ann Fasuto-Sterling, Basic Books, 2000 ebrary  | HQ1075 .F387 2000
  • Brain storm: The flaws in the science of sex differences by Rebecca Jordan-Young, Harvard University Press, 2010 QP81.5 .J67 2010
  • The myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron. Oxford, 2007 P120.S48 C3525 2007

General Interest

  • Body outlaws : young women write about body image and identity edited by Ophira Edut. Seal Press, 2000 BF697.5.B63 A35 2000
  • Beauty junkies: inside our $15 billion obsession with cosmetic surgery by Alex Kuczynski. Doubleday, 2006 RD118 .K83 2006
  • Sisters of the yam: black women and self-recovery by bell hooks. South End Press, 1993 RC451.5.N4 H66 1993
  • Catfight: rivalries among women by Leora Tanenbaum. Perennial, 2003 HQ1206 .T2143 2003
  • Feminism, Inc.: coming of age in girl power media culture by Emilie Zaslow. HQ798 .Z37 2009
  • Woman : an intimate geography / Natalie Angier. Anchor Books, 2000 QP38 .A54 2000
  • Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Knopf, 2012 PS3619.T744 Z46 2012


  • Dude, you're a fag: masculinity and sexuality in high school by C.J. Pascoe. University of California Press, 2011 HQ797 .P37 2011
  • The gender knot : unraveling our patriarchal legacy, 3d ed., by Allan G. Johnson. Temple University Press, 2014 HQ1075 .J64 2014 [2d ed. available in ebrary]
  • Packaging boyhood: Saving our sons from superheroes, slackers, and other media stereotypes by Lyn M. Brown, Sharon Lamb, & Mark Tappan, St. Martin’s Press, 2009 HD9970.5.C483 U635 2009
  • Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men by Michael Kimmel, Harper, 2009 HQ799.6 .K56 2008
  • The Macho paradox: Why some men hurt women and how all men can help by Jackson Katz, Sourcebooks, 2006 HV6250.4.W65 K39 2006
  • Getting off: Pornography and the end of masculinity by Robert Jensen, South End Press, 2007 HQ471 .J47 2007
  • Refusing to be a man: Essays on sex and justice by John Stoltenberg, Routledge, 2000 ebrary

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