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Women & Gender Studies

Resources for women and gender studies.

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Call Numbers for Women & Gender Studies Books

At Mason libraries, we use the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to classify and describe materials. These systems are over 100 years old, and although constantly changing are still reflective of the white, male bias of their conception. Librarians at Mason are working to change harmful subject headings in the catalog. If you have suggestions for how language might be improved, please use this form.

Print resources for Women & Gender Studies are located primarily in the Fenwick Library, but may also be located in  the Arlington Campus Library. Audiovisual material is located in the Fenwick Library.

Here are some call numbers for Women & Gender studies topics:

  • HQ 74 - 74.3          Bisexuality
  • HQ 75 - 76.8          Homosexuality. Lesbianism
  • HQ 77.7 - 77.95     Transexualism
  • HQ 1075 - 1075.5  Sex role
  • HQ 1088 - 1090.7  Men
  • HQ 1101 - 2030.7  Women. Feminism            

Many library cataloging systems, including the Library of Congress, may still use outdated terms, so consider those also if you don't find what you need. This page breaks down the possible terms used. Please note that some of the terms included are considered incorrect, outdated or harmful.