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Gender Studies: Databases and Reference Works

Databases and Reference Works

Useful literature search tools and recommended reference works 
This page presents a selection of key databases dealing with Gender Studies, general Danish databases and core portals, where you can search for Danish and Swedish Ph.D. dissertations. In addition, recommended reference works containing a broad overview of the most significant theorists as well as important theories, research methods and concepts within Gender Studies. Due to license restrictions there is limited access to online resources. You are entitled to access the resources if your university has provided a license. However, as a registered user of The Royal Library you have free access to all resources through walk-in-use at any of the Royal Danish Library's serving points.

Gender Studies Research Databases

KVINNSAM is an open access interdisciplinary database with references in English, Swedish and many other languages from Gothenburg University Library collections, mainly within the field of humanities and social sciences. The bibliographical references consist of books, journals, articles, chapter, pamphlets, research reports etc. All the records include English as well as Swedish subject headings. The databases contain more than 150,000 references from 1970 and onwards. 

Women's Studies International Database is a bibliographic database for women's studies and feminist research. Providing indexing and abstracts for more than 600 publications, it is a valuable resource for many disciplines, including sociology, history, international relations and humanities. This comprehensive database covers more than 980,000 records from 1881 to present. Access through the Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen University Library, Copenhagen University and Roskilde University. Other library users could have access depending on the license availability. Please ask at your local library.

General Danish Databases

The Royal Danish Library system

In the library system you can retrieve both physical and online resources available at Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen University Library, Aarhus University Library,  as well as Roskilde University Library. Anyone can become a registered user of the system and borrow books and journals, but not all online resources are freely accessible due to license restrictions. However, as a registered user of The Royal Library you have free access to nearly all resources through walk-in-use at any of the Royal Danish Library's serving points. can be used by everyone and covers the catalogues of all Danish libraries, including public libraries, specialized libraries and academic libraries. Through you can order most materials for pickup at your local library. The only requirement is that you are a registered user either at a public library, or at a research library.

Reference Works