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hist 206 library workshop
History of European women: Information resources


Please sign up with your CCID before we start:

1. click on Start button in lower left corner

2. select Authenticate, then type your ID & PW

3. minimize authentication window

4. open Internet Explorer and go to http://www.library.ualberta.ca/

HIST 206 Library Workshop
Always start from the Library’s website



Authentication for restricted resources limited to university’s IP range

our proxy server will assign a temporary IP address when you enter your CCID

Google doesn’t search databases

reference materials introduction to a topic
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, lexicons…

Most reference materials are books, available in the Reference collection of the library or online. All of them are listed in the Library’s catalogue.

Online collections of reference materials:

History Resource Center: World(Reference section)

History Reference Online

Reference materials: Introductionto a topic
encyclopedias dictionaries
Encyclopedia of feminist theoriesHQ 1190 E63 2000

Encyclopedia of Russian women's movements (2001)

Encyclopedia of women social reformersHQ 1236 R29

Historical Dictionary of Feminism HQ 1115 B65 2004

International encyclopedia of women's suffrage

Routledge international encyclopedia of women

HQ 1115 R69 2000 v. 1-4

Women's studies encyclopediaHQ 1115 W972 1999

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
biographical information
A to Z of women in world historyHQ 1123 K84 2002  HT Coutts Reference

Ahead of their time: a biographical dictionary of risk-taking women

Biographical dictionary of women's movements and feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe

Norton book of women's lives CT 3235 A1 N882 1993

Biographical information
searching the library catalogue
The Library’s Catalogue is a dB that includes everything that our library has: books, maps, journals, videos, music recordings, etc.

All titles that I mentioned so far are listed in the library’s catalogue

You will also see other library’s holdings, and will be able to borrow from those libraries

Searching the Library Catalogue
If you know the book’s




1. How many books can you find in the Catalogue written by Florence Nightingale?

2. How many books can you find in the Catalogue written about Emmeline Pankhurst?

topic russian women in the work force

women =

Russia =

work =


women, females

Russia, Soviet Union

work, employment, labour/labor

Topic: Russian women in the work force
Search the Library catalogue for

Books written in English about the topic:

Women’s rights in Eastern Europe

hints: use advanced search

limit by language

primary sources
What is a primary source?A record of a first-hand observation of an event, an original work of fiction or art, or a report of scientific research. Examples:

Personal narratives, diaries, reminiscences, memoirs, autobiographies, correspondence

newspaper & magazine articles

Speeches & addresses

Primary sources
finding primary sources
To search in the catalogue

add keyword “sources” to your search terms:

Finding Primary Sources
primary sources collections

Gerritsen Collection of Women’s History Online

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Early English Books Online

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

History Resource Center: World(s. Primary documents)

The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985

Women, War and Society, 1914-1918

Primary sources: collections
Search the Gender Studies Database articles about:

Anti-feminism in Britain

hint: both concepts have more than one keyword:

anti-feminist, anti-feminism

Britain, United Kingdom


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many resources are not yet online

This presentation is available online with the title HIST 206 from the following Subject pages:

Women’s studies


History (General)


Thank you for coming to the workshop!