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Women's and gender studies research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersections with race and class. Research within women's and gender studies also often includes feminist theory, masculinities and men's studies, studies of sexualities, LGBTQI studies, and girlhood and boyhood studies.
Use the guides listed on the left to find additional information for all types of research.
For general research, check the Articles, Databases and Other Resources tab. Databases hold multiple resources, including scholarly articles. Articles are a good starting point for research. They frequently cite issues, books and other articles which can save you time. The Libraries hold several different indexes to help you find the articles you need.
Local Organizations and Resources
Many thanks to the Pride Center of North Central Florida for their generous donation of books to support LGBTQI research at the George A. Smathers Libraries!
The Department offers academic programs, grants graduate and undergraduate degrees, and advances research in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Faculty in the Department successfully compete for national fellowships and grants, win research and teaching awards, and produce rigorous and transformative research.
At the undergraduate level, the Department offers the BA in Women’s Studies along with options to concentrate in (a) Health Equity and Social Justice, (b) International Perspectives on Gender, (c) Race, Power, and Social Justice, and (d) Theories and Politics of Sexuality. The Department also offers undergraduate minors in (a) Health Disparities in Society, (b) Theories and Politics of Sexuality, and (c) Women’s Studies. At the graduate level, the Department offers the Master’s degree, accelerated BA/MA, joint MA/JD, concurrent degrees (e.g., MA/MPH), MA/PHD (e.g., MA in Women’s Studies, with PhD in another field), as well as Graduate Certificates in (a) Gender and Development and (b) Women’s Studies.
The Department's materials in the Institutional Repository may be accessed here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/wst
The Dean of Students Office offers additional resources and ways for students to be involved through LGBTQ Affairs and the Women's Student Association. The Tamara Cohen LGBTQ Resource Library is a collection of books available at the University of Florida's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender and Queer Affairs. All of these materials are also searchable in the Smathers Libraries' Catalog Begin with an Advanced Search and then limit your search by Library to the UF LGBT Resource Library. Please check with the LGBTQ Affairs Office on check-out procedures.
Additionally, the Special & Area Studies Collections at the George A. Smathers Collections have many resources related to women's and gender studies. Many of these materials are not available elsewhere or online, so researchers may want to visit Special Collections or browse through the online finding aids that explain some of the many resources they hold.
University of Florida's Pride Student Union provides a social, educational, and support organization for Gainesville's student community. Gainesville Community Alliance (GCA) is a social organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual people and their supporters throughout the Gainesville area.