Skip to Main Content

WOMS 190 Diverse Women in Popular Culture


In addition to the specific resources listed on the other tabs, the library catalog will be a useful source to find books. SmartSearch will help you find other news, magazine, trade, and journal articles as well as news videos, biographical information, primary source documents, and other types of sources.

Other library databases are found through the A-Z Databases page. Sort the database list by subject (i.e. Women & Gender Studies or History) and/or by type of database (i.e. eBook or Streaming Media) to find specific types of databases.

Try these sources for hot topics in the news:

Use Women's Studies International, listed below, to locate scholarly journal articles, books and book chapters. Searching in library databases is a bit different that a Google search. Here are some search tips. You should also contact the Women's Studies librarian or the library reference desk for more help as needed. 


Use these search tips to search for articles on your topic in Women's Studies International and news and biographical library databases.


Use quotation marks for multi-word nouns and common phrases. This keeps the phrase together in the search as if it is one word.

For example:

"Gloria Steinem"

"Media literacy"

"White privilege"


Search for multiple synonyms at the same time. This tip can be used  for  simple words (i.e. suffrage OR right to vote) and also people's names. Use the OR Boolean Operator within parenthesis when searching for synonyms. Also, try people's names both first name first and last name first.

For example:

("Gloria Steinem" OR "Gloria Marie Steinem" OR "Steinem, Gloria")

("white privilege" OR "white skin privilege")  


Search for multiple word endings by using the truncation symbol. In most databases truncation is performed with the asterisk, but use the question mark when truncating in the Library Online Catalog.

This example will find feminism, feminist, feministic and other words that use the same letters up to the truncation symbol:

feminis*  (the asterisk is used to truncate in SmartSearch and Academic Onefile)

feminis? (the question mark is used to truncate in the Library Online Catalog)

Ask A Librarian

Come talk to a librarian in person at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library. 

reference desk vector
What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

chat widget image   

Chat with us or request a Zoom session via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours
If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

phone handset vector   
   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584

  Circulation Desk (Ablah Library) 316-978-3582

  Music Library  316-978-3029

  Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

e-mail vector


         Email a librarian with your question
         or fill out this form.

Subject Librarians are available to help students, faculty, and staff with their research and library instruction needs. Use the left-hand navigation tabs to find the librarian assigned to a particular subject or college. Contact your subject librarian for assistance or to schedule an appointment for a research consultation.

Library Facilities

Ablah Library front

Try Interlibrary Loan!

Log in with your myWSU ID and password to request a copy of an article or book. Articles are emailed to you and requests can usually be filled within a couple of days. Books take 3-5 days on average and are sent to Ablah Library for you to pick up. It's free!

Wichita State University Libraries, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0068 | Phone: (316) 978-3481 | Comments/Suggestions | Facebook Instagram X YouTube Channel Federal Depository Library Program HathiTrust Digital Library Patent and Trademark Resources Centers