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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Sex and Gender: Books

Subject Searching

The basic Library Catalog search is a keyword search--you simply type your search terms into the box, and the catalog retrieves all the items that have your search terms in their catalog records.

Searching by subject is another way to find materials that focus on your topic. Each item in the Library Catalog has one or more subject terms (headings) assigned to it, When you search by subject, you retrieve only the items that have the subject for which you searched. To make a subject heading more specific, subheadings are added after it. A subheading is separated from the main heading by a double dash (--). Once you have your subject terms, to search by subject in the Library Catalog, in the dropdown list under "Search for," select "Subject."  Here are some example subject headings:



Gender Identity



Sex differences (Psychology)

Sex Discrimination

Sex (Psychology)

Sex Role

Sexual Behavior

Stereotype (Psychology)

Women's Rights

To find subject headings for a subject you are studying, first use keyword searching to find some books on your general topic. Then look at their records and see what subject terms they have. You can use the subject links in the catalog records to retrieve all the items with the same subject. However, this linking scheme has some quirks, so if it seems like it is returning far too many (or too few) items, try using the Library Catalog (aka Advanced Search) screen and a Subject or Subject Phrase search with your terms.

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the library stacks, you can use these call numbers.

HQ The family, marriage, and women

HQ 12-449 Sexual Life

HQ 503-1064 The family. Marriage. Home

HQ1075-1075.5 Sex Roles

HQ1088-1090.7 Men

HQ1101-2030.7 Women. Feminism

These books can be found on the second floor of the library stacks. Remember that given the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts studies, you may find useful books with other call numbers too. 

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