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Women's History

Learn more about the history, culture, and contributions of women.

Women's History

Information on the subject of Women, Women’s Studies, and Women’s History will be useful in many courses and for personal reading and enrichment.  Although College of the Redwoods does not offer a degree or certificate in this topic, interested students may wish to transfer to a four year college that does offer it as a major.

You may find additional relevant information on the following library research guides:

Search Terms

When you're working on a research project, you need to use terms that relate to your topic to find information sources - but you also need to be flexible.  Combining multiple terms will help you find sources that are more closely focused on your specific topic. 

These are some useful terms to use for a research project in women's history. Other terms may be useful as well. Use specific words, but only use one or two word phrases - not whole sentences! Try both plural and singular forms, and try varying combinations.

  • Birth control
  • Breast cancer
  • Civil rights for women
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Equal rights amendment
  • Female CEOs
  • Female roles
  • Feminism
  • Gender equity in sports
  • Gender pay gap
  • Gender roles
  • Girl power
  • Glass ceiling
  • Motherhood
  • Mothers movement
  • Pay equity
  • Reproductive rights
  • Roe v. Wade
  • Sex bias
  • Sex discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual stereotypes
  • Suffrage
  • Suffragettes
  • Votes for women
  • Women and human rights
  • Women in business (or politics, or military, etc.)
  • Women leaders
  • Women social reformers
  • Women’s history
  • Women’s suffrage
  • Women's health
  • Women’s voting rights

The search terms listed above can be used in Google, but you'll find more reliable and authoritative sources searching in the library's OneSearch catalog - or in Credo Reference, an online collection of reference and research sources.  Use the box below to access Credo's History resources, or access OneSearch from the Library Materials tab on this guide.  (You may be asked to login using your student ID number).

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Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.