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History : Women: Books & eBooks

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for women's history.

Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

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Find eBooks

You can find eBooks in two ways:

  • Do your search and then on the results screen, filter your results by using the toolbar:
    • Choose Availability: "Available Online" and Resource Type: "eBooks"
    • And then click on the green "Apply Filters" button
  • Use the Advanced Search option
    • Change "Show Only" to "UW Libraries" and "Material Type" to "eBooks"
  • See the eBook FAQ for more information

Search Tips


  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: suffrage women japan history
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "female spectacle"
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "yee shirley"

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Women's History

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Though women's history is covered in every regional history section (e.g., there will be women's history in the Chinese history call numbers, the American history call numbers, etc.) the major section for women's studies is listed below.

HQ1075 Sex Role Allen S. 3
HQ1101-HQ2030 Women & Feminism Allen S. 3

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.