Welcome to the research guide for Gender in Popular Culture! This guide outlines advanced search techniques to improve your search results, instructions on how to find articles and ebooks using the University of Toronto Library (UTL) website, and a list of recommended databases.
Want help with your research? Book a consultation with your New College librarians for a one-on-one session to help with your research.
Before you get started with your research, it can be helpful to gather background information on your topic or to familiarize yourself with the key themes and ideas you are engaging with. The resources listed below are helpful and reliable sources for this information.
Here is an quick example of how you can identify keywords from your topic. Be sure to check out the link above for the full step by step instructions.
Example topic: Examine gender stereotypes portrayed in films and TV shows, specifically looking at Disney
Examine gender stereotypes portrayed in films and TV shows, specifically looking at Disney
These keywords can change as you learn more about your topic. It is helpful to keep a record of the keywords you are using and identify which keywords work and which do not.
Searching for resources in the library catalogue and databases is not the same as searching using Google. There are a number of techniques that you can use to improve your searches to locate relevant material more efficiently. Below is a list of search techniques and links to guides that outline how you can use these techniques to improve your searches.
Use AND to narrow your search results to contain all of the keywords you enter.
Use OR to expand your search results to contain either of the keywords that you enter.
Use NOT to narrow your search results to contain one keyword and exclude the keyword following the NOT command.
The UTL article search is a multidisciplinary search engine that combines databases and journals from many publishers across all subjects.
Click 'Full text online' to limit your results to articles with the full text available online.
Each article has subject keywords associated with it which give you a sense of what the article is about. Use 'Subjects' to narrow your search by relevant subject keywords.
When searching in the UTL 'Article Search', you may get articles that are not relevant to your subject because this search engine is multidisciplinary. For more subject specific results, try your search in the databases listed below. Each database contains articles from specific journals relevant to the subject. Read the descriptions to identify which database is most appropriate for your research needs.
Tip: Use quotation (“ ”) marks when searching for a phrase.
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