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Women and gender studies: Encyclopedias

This page is a brief guide to reference sources for women & gender studies held by the British Library. It is a select list only, concentrating on bibliographies, biographies, and other finding aids. Much relevant material will also be found in our online catalogues. Items marked by an asterisk are not on open access. 

Women's art



Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane. Dictionary of women in religious art. Oxford: Oxford Press, 1998
Barrett, Jacqueline K. (ed.) Encyclopedia of women's associations worldwide, a guide to over 3,400 national and multinational nonprofit women's and women-related organizations.
London: Gale Research, 1993
*Benowitz, June Melby. Encyclopedia of American women and religion.
Santa Barbara, Calif.; Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 1998
*Boynton, Vicoria and Malin, Jo (eds.) Encyclopedia of women's autobiography. Vol 1. A-J ...Vol. 2. K-Z. Westport, Con.: Greenwood; Oxford: Harcourt Education [distributor], 2005
Christensen, Karen, Allen Guttmann & Getrude Pfister (eds.) International encyclopedia of women and sports. New York, London: Macmillan reference USA, 2001
Code, Lorraine. Encyclopedia of feminist theories. London: Routledge, 2000
*Cohen, Aaron I. International encyclopedia of women composers. New York, London: Books & Music (USA), 1987
Encyclopedia of women and gender, sex similarities and differences and the impact of society on gender. Judith Worell. San Diego, London: Academic, 2001
*Encyclopedia of women in American history. V.1. Colonization, revolution, and the new nation, 1585-1820, general editor, Joyce Appleby..V.2. Civil war, western expansion, and industrialization, 1820-1900, general editor, Eileen K. Cheng..V.3. Suffrage, world war, and modern times, 1900-present, general editor, Joanne L. Goodwin. Armonk, N.Y.; [London]: M.E. Sharpe, 2002
Hammill, F., Miskimmin, E. and Sponenberg, A. (eds) Encyclopedia of British women's writing 1900-1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,2006
*Heywood, Leslie L. The women's movement: an encyclopedia of third-wave feminism. Westport, Conn, ; London: Greenwood Press, 2006
YC.2006.a.11391 vol.1
YC.2006.a.11392 vol.2
*Joseph, Suad & Najmabadi, Afsaneh. [et al.] Encyclopedia of women and Islamic cultures V.1. Methodologies, paradigms and sources.. Vol.2. Family, law and politics...V.3. Family, body, sexuality and health. Leiden: Brill, 2003

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*Keith-Smith, Brian. An encyclopedia of German women writers, 1900-1933, biographies and bibliographies with exemplary readings. Lewiston, N.Y. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen press, 1997-1998
Vol. 1  YC.1998. b.2196
Vol. 2  YC.1997. b.6049
Vol. 3  YC.1997. b.6154
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Vol. 5  YC.1998.b.233
Vol. 6 YC. 1998.b.213
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YC. 1998.b.1154
Vol. 8 YC. 1998.b.1485
Vol. 9 YC. 1998.b.1724
Vol.10 YC.1998.b.2589
*Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth. Encyclopedia of feminist literary theory New York & London: Garland Publishing House, 1997
Malonis, Jane A. Encyclopedia of women's associations worldwide, a guide to over 3,400 national and multinational nonprofit women's and women related organizations.
London, Detroit: Gale Research, 1993
*Oakes, Elizabeth H. International encyclopedia of women scientists. New York, [Great Britain]: Facts on File, 2002
The Oxford encyclopedia of women in world history.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 4 vols
Vol.1 YC.2008.a.5943
Vol.2 YC.2008.a.5944

Vol.3 YC.2008.a.5945
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Perez, Janet; Ihire, Maureen. The feminist encyclopedia of Spanish literature. Westport, Conn. London: Greenwood Press, 2002
Rafter, Nicole Hahn. Encyclopedia of women and crime. Phoenix, Ariz: Oryx Press, 2000
Rappaport, Helen. Encyclopedia of women social reformers. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, California, Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2001
*Schenken, Suzanne O'Dea. From suffrage to the Senate, an encyclopedia of American women in politics. Santa Barbara, California, Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 1999
*Sies, Leora M. & Luther F. The encyclopedia of women in radio, 1920 -1960. London: McFarland & Co., 2003
*Sova, Dawn B. Encyclopedia of mistresses, [an under the covers look at the 'other women' of the history's most influential men] London: Robson, 2001
*Tierney, Helen. (ed.) Women's studies encyclopedia, Vol.1. Views from the sciences
New York, London: Greenwood, 1989
*Tierney, Helen. (ed.) Women's studies encyclopedia, Vol.2. Literature, arts and learning. The emphasis in this volume is on women as producers of literature, art and music. There are also articles on other aspects of women's relationships to writing and the fine arts and on women's education. New York, London: Greenwood, 1991.
YC. 1992.b.4970
*Tierney, Helen. (ed.) Women's studies encyclopedia, Vol. 3. History, philosophy, and religion. This volume contains articles on selected topics in women's history, religion and philosophy. Although the focus is on the United States and western society, special attention has been paid to women in the great civilisations of eastern and southern Asia.
Walter, Lynn (et al.) The Greenwood encyclopedia of women's issues worldwide. 6 vols. Westport, Conn. ; London: Greenwood, 2003
Wilson, Katherina M. (ed.) An encyclopedia of continental women writers.
London: St. James, 1991.
*Young, Serinity. Encyclopedia of women and world religion. 2 vols. New York, London: Macmillan, 1999
YC. 2001.b.2033

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