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Research Guide to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

An introductory guide to research in Women's Studies.

Books and eBooks

When you think libraries, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Books, probably. The SHU Library has a collection of physical books and eBooks. As you may have noticed, our building is small. For that reason, we have invested our money to getting eBooks so that students on campus and online can get access to the materials they need.

You can search for books by clicking over to the Books tab on the library's home page. 

You can type in the title if you're looking for a particular book, an author name, or just a set of keywords. If the item is an eBook, you will see a PDF Full Text link that will allow you access the full text of the book.

If the item is a physical book, you will see the item's location and availability right on your results page.


What if you want a book the SHU Library doesn't have?

If you need a book that the SHU Library does not have, don't despair! You can request a book through the InterLibrary Loan or ILL system. ILL allows you to request an item from another university or library. Give yourself some time, though, especially when requesting a book. Physical items are shipped here, so it's not a good option if you're crunched for time.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a FREE borrowing and loaning  service. ILL obtains books, articles, book chapters, and other research materials not owned by Ryan Matura Library for students, faculty and staff.  

Login to your ILL Account - to place ILL requests, track requests, check due dates, and view ILL borrowing history. Each item must be requested online through the Sacred Heart University Library website through the patron’s Interlibrary Loan account.

Important information about ILL Communication Preferences

  • After logging in for the first time, make sure your communication preferences are selected, and going to the correct email or phone number. This enables the system to send automated updates about your ILL requests.
  • Check your Junk Email folder for email notifications from If found, you must add to your safe senders list to receive future notifications.



Exploring the Shelves

If you want to simply browse the shelves of the Library for materials, you can look for works on Women's Studies by call number. Use the subclass designations at the beginning of the call number to direct you to information on the topic of your choice. Below is a list of the Library of Congress subclass call numbers for Women's Studies and related subjects:

  • HQ1-2044 The Family. Marriage. Women
  • HQ12-449 Sexual life
  • HQ19-30.7 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
  • HQ31-64 Sex instruction and sexual ethics
  • HQ71-72 Sexual deviations
  • HQ74-74.2 Bisexuality
  • HQ75-76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
  • HQ77-77.2 Transvestism
  • HQ77.7-77.95 Transexualism
  • HQ79 Sadism. Masochism. Fetishism, etc.
  • HQ101-440.7 Prostitution
  • HQ447 Masturbation
  • HQ449 Emasculation. Eunuchs, etc.
  • HQ450-472 Erotica
  • HQ503-1064 The family. Marriage. Home
  • HQ750-755.5 Eugenics
  • HQ755.7-759.92 Parents. Parenthood Including parent and child, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers
  • HQ760-767.7 Family size
  • HQ767.8-792.2 Children. Child development Including child rearing, child life, play, socialization, children's rights
  • HQ793-799.2 Youth. Adolescents. Teenagers
  • HQ799.5-799.9 Young men and women
  • HQ799.95-799.97 Adulthood
  • HQ800-800.4 Single people
  • HQ801-801.83 Man-woman relationships. Courtship. Dating
  • HQ802 Matrimonial bureaus. Marriage brokerage
  • HQ802.5 Matrimonial advertisements
  • HQ803 Temporary marriage. Trial marriage. Companionate marriage
  • HQ804 Breach of promise
  • HQ805 Desertion
  • HQ806 Adultery
  • HQ811-960.7 Divorce
  • HQ961-967 Free love
  • HQ981-996 Polygamy
  • HQ997 Polyandry
  • HQ998-999 Illegitimacy. Unmarried mothers
  • HQ1001-1006 The state and marriage
  • HQ1051-1057 The church and marriage
  • HQ1058-1058.5 Widows and widowers. Widowhood
  • HQ1060-1064 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement
  • HQ1073-1073.5 Thanatology. Death. Dying
  • HQ1075-1075.5 Sex role
  • HQ1088-1090.7 Men HQ1101-2030.7 Women. Feminism
  • HQ1871-2030.7 Women's clubs
  • HQ2035-2039 Life skills. Coping skills. Everyday living skills
  • HQ2042-2044 Life style 

Library of Congress Classification Outline - Subclass HQ The family. Marriage. Women.