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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS): A Research Guide: Introduction

A guide to discovering the extensive FGSS resources available in the Cornell University Library and beyond.

Research in the time of COVID-19

Check our COVID-19 update page to see which of our services are available. You will need to change your research approach during this time of limited access to print materials to focus on using our extensive online resources.


The Library maintains a strong research collection in the subjects of women's political participation, feminism, men and masculinity, and sexuality, including sexual lives and erotica, prostitution, sex tourism, reproductive rights, and surrogate mothers. Transgender and lesbian, gay, and bisexual subjects are being collected at a nearly comprehensive level and are supported by extensive primary sources.

The Library supports the interdisciplinary work done on these subjects across many departments and programs and maintains an active connection with the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program and the LGBT Studies Program.

More information is available at: The FGSS Program

Research Strategy

Research help is available online. See Library Research @ Cornell: Seven Steps to Effective Library Research. For further help with primary source research, see the Sexuality Research Guide.

This research guide includes only entries for resources dedicated to the topic or those with substantial sections on feminism, gender, or sexuality studies. Many broader resources are available and valuable. Some resources could have been (and sometimes are) included in more than one category, so look beyond categories. See your favorite reference librarian or click on Ask a Librarian for research assistance and advice.

Reference Help

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