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  • Do women still face promotion barriers—also known as the “glass ceiling” in the corporate environment? In public and government service?
  • Are boys and men being left behind at all educational levels?
  • How can colleges and universities most effectively deal with sexual assault? How widespread is this problem?
  • How extensive is sex trafficking inside the United States?
  • What are the gender issues in other countries, both developed and developing?

These questions and more are just some of the questions about gender addressed in the library’s subscription database, GenderWatch. Operating on the familiar ProQuest platform, GenderWatch includes about 200 scholarly journals, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers with coverage that extends back to the 1970s, so that evolving issues can be followed over time. Together with the Women’s Studies International database, the GenderWatch subscription ensures that AU researchers have comprehensive access to the published scholarship of gender issues relating to women and beyond.

For each search, the database provides a breakdown of results by type of publication. For instance, a search using the terms, “sexual assault” and “college or university” presents the following breakdown for 1,672 results:

  • Scholarly Journals (?909)
  • Magazines (?524)
  • Trade Journals (?147)
  • Reports (?46)
  • Newspapers (?40)
  • Etc.

The variety of publications in this database present researchers with many options. A user can also specify a type of publication prior to beginning a search. Many of the search results are full-text. Individual articles can be emailed, printed, or saved. Questions about using GenderWatch can be directed to the Reference Desk.

Search tip:
For focused results, consider requiring keywords to appear in either titles or abstracts.