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Internet Resources
The Electra Pages: Directory of Women's Organizations.
A feminist database that enables women to receive mail from organizations that they are interested in. Maintained by the Women's Information Exchange, this site also provides extensive links to Web sites such as e-zines, sites on women's music, feminist activism, lesbian studies, women of color, and global feminism.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online.
A research, information, and action site sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation. The site includes information on women's issues, organized by date, and provides extensive links to sites on violence against women, women and work, women's health, and global feminism.

Institute for Women's Policy Research.
A site sponsored by a nonprofit organization that conducts scientific research for use by women's organizations. Links are provided to information on the labor market and employment, poverty and welfare, the family and work, and healthcare policy.

Medieval Feminist Index: Scholarship on Women, Sexuality and Gender. http://www.haverford.edu/library/reference/mschaus/mfi/mfi.html
Provides an index, not articles or abstracts, to more than 2,500 articles, reviews, and essays on women, sexuality, and gender in the Middle Ages. The site includes links to other sites on women and medieval studies and to libraries with strong holdings in medieval studies.

National Women's History Project.
A well-designed site that provides education, promotional materials, and information about the diversity of women and women's contributions to history.

A network of current developments, news, and issues in women's studies, this site is particularly strong in covering international news and controversies. The site is updated regularly.

A search directory for topics in women's studies, from pregnancy to civil liberties. The site includes a help desk and a chat room and is well-designed and easy to navigate.


Library Resources
The ABC-CLIO Companion to Women's Progress in America. By Elizabeth Knappman-Frost. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1994.
Covers notable American women as well as topics and organizations that have been significant in women's quest for equality.

Dictionary of Feminist Theory. By Maggie Humm. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1990.
Covers theoretical issues in feminism and is particularly useful for putting them in historical context. The work is also helpful for pinpointing primary documents relating to feminist theory.

Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary. 3 vols. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971. With supplement.
Provides lengthy and thorough biographies of women, followed by useful bibliographies. A supplement, published in 1980, profiles women who died between 1951 and 1975. For other biographical sources on women, consult Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (1993), European Immigrant Women in the United States: A Biographical Dictionary (1994), and African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (1993), all published by Garland in New York.

Women in the Third World: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues. New York: Garland, 1998.
Offers substantial overviews of topics relating to women in the developing world, including theoretical issues, political and legal contexts, sex-role ideologies, demographics, economics, and women and the environment, as well as regional surveys.

The Women's Chronology: A Year-by-Year Record, from Prehistory to the Present. By James Trager. New York: Holt, 1994.
Provides brief descriptive entries relating to women through history. Entries are arranged chronologically and are marked with symbols indicating the topic area in which they fall.

Women's Studies: A Guide to Information Sources. By Sarah Carter. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1990.
An annotated list of more than 1,000 reference books and other resources on women, organized in broad topic areas.

Women Studies Abstracts. Rush, N.Y.: Rush Publishing, 1972-.
A quarterly publication containing abstracts of books, articles, and other publications; includes an annual subject index.

Women's Studies: A Recommended Core Bibliography. By Esther Stineman. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1979.
With supplement. A selected annotated list of important works in women's studies arranged by subject.

Women's Studies Encyclopedia. 3 vols. New York: Greenwood, 1989.
Provides lengthy articles on women's involvement in a wide variety of fields. The first volume treats the sciences; the second deals with literature, the arts, and learning; and the third covers history, philosophy, and religion.

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