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GSWS Capstone - Oakland Campus: Books

A guide to assist students with research in GSWS 1910.

Ebooks and Reference Books Online

Ways to Borrow

You can request material through PittCat using Get It, even for material that we do not own. You must be signed in, then click on the item you need to see the full menu of options available.

Use 'Request' to receive print materials from a Pitt library or ULS - Thomas Blvd. for No-Contact Pick-Up or Home Delivery.

To make a request:

  1. Sign into your account in PittCat
  2. Find the item you want and click on the title
  3. Look for the Get It, Request options for the title.
  4. Follow the on-screen options to request your item
  5. You will be notified via your Pitt email address when the item is available

Additional questions? Please contact us so we can work with you to try and get the material you need.

You can request material through PittCat using Get It, even for material that we do not own. You must be signed in, then click on the item you need to see the full menu of options available.

Use 'Request' to receive a scanned book chapter or an article from print material.

To make a request:

  1. Sign into your account in PittCat
  2. Find the item you want and click on the title
  3. Look for the Get It, Request options for the title.
  4. Follow the on-screen options to request your item
  5. You will be notified via your Pitt email address when the item is available

Additional questions? Please contact us so we can work with you to try and get the material you need.

If you identify an item in PittCat that is not available through our collections, or if PittCat indicates that we have access to an item in error, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

ILL services are available to Pitt students, staff and faculty with a valid Pitt ID and Pitt computing account

• Articles can be downloadable from your list of requests 
• Loan periods and renewals vary depending on the lending institution
• A one-time user registration is required before making an ILL request.  You will not need to re-enter personal information every time you make a request

More Information

Additional Questions? Please contact us so we can work with you to try and get the material you need.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are a set of controlled vocabulary used to indicate the topics of library materials and facilitate uniform access and retrieval. LCSHs are included in bibliographic (catalog) records, as well as archival finding aids at most academic and public libraries in the United States. Though intended to be a universal standard, different libraries and librarians may catalog their materials differently.
  • The first LCSHs were published in 1914 and have historically been decided by Library of Congress catalogers, alone. Now, LC accepts proposals for changes from libraries and other institutions to change or add headings. Each month, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging publishes its summaries of decisions. To contribute to changes to LCSH yourself, The Cataloging Lab offers guidance.
  • There are limitations to the language used by the Library of Congress to categorize gender, sexuality, women's studies, race, or LGBTQ-related topics and identities. Some of them are dated, problematic, and don't reflect the language used by individuals and communities to describe their identities and lived experiences (Alex Willett, Brandeis University). However, subject access points can be incredibly useful in finding relevant resources for your research projects.
  • Examples of some relevant subject headings for GSWS 1910 topics:

Transsexuals - Legal status, laws Domestic Violence

Transphobia

Racism in the workplace

Archival surveys

Transgenderism

Gender nonconformity

Androgyny (Psychology)

Legal assistance to women

African American Women

Scrapbook journaling
Two-spirit people

Jewish sexual minorities

Gender mainstreaming.

Whites — Race identity.

Intersectionality (Sociology)

Transvestites

Sex change-Law and legislation

Body image in women.

Gender identity in science

LGBT

Sexual minority women

Sex role

Eating disorders

Gender identity--Religious aspects

Minorities and journalism

Sexual minorities with disabilities

Sexual ethics

Overweight women.

Intimate partner violence

Multiculturalism

Sexual ethics

Gays--Mental health

Jewish teenagers.

Transgender people—Medical Care.

Masculinity

Intersexuality

Gender identity in the theater

Zines.

Feminism -- History -- Sources.

Diversity in the workplace