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e-resources for Women's Studies: Full-text eResources

What is the Databases A-Z platform?

The Databases A-Z platform is the gateway to the electronic resources subscribed to by the Bodleian Libraries. You can use this service to search, browse and access e-resources and access subscription resources remotely.

The resources in this section are a selection of what is available via Databases A-Z. To browse for further resources, use the dropdown Subject menu on the platform.

Additional e-resources

Bibliography of English Women Writers 1500-1640
'an open-ended work of scholarship currently listing 738 recovered writers and their texts, canonical and non-canonical'

Genesis - Women's history sources in the British Isles
Genesis is a mapping initiative, funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles. The database holds descriptions of women's history collections from libraries, archives and museums from around the British Isles.

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles
'provides entries on authors' lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, sets of internal links, and bibliographies'

Mary Wollstonecraft

Heath and Opie - Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797

By James Heath (1757–1834), engraved from the painting of John Opie (1761–1807) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A selection of full-text e-resources for Women's Studies

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1950 (Alexander Street Press)
'the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 90,000 pages of diaries and letters'

Defining Gender, 1450-1910
a thematically organised collection of original primary source material from British archives, which 'explores the study and analysis of gender, leisure and consumer culture'

Gerritsen Collection--Women's History Online, 1543-1945
a collection of ‘books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the revolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights’, with ‘more than 4,700 publications from continental Europe, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, dating from 1543-1945'

International Women's Periodicals, 1786-1833: Social and Political Issues (Archives Unbound)
Provides online access 5to 7 women’s magazine and journal publications covering the late eighteenth century to the 1930s. The material allows researchers to explore the role of women in society and the development of the public lives of women as the push for women's rights (woman suffrage, fair pay, better working conditions, etc.) grew in the United States and England. The collection contains overwhelmingly English and US publications, with 4 German, 1 French periodical and 1 Icelandic periodical.

Italian Women Writers
Access to an extensive corpus of literature written by Italian women authors. Biographies, portraits, editions are indicated.

Literary Manuscripts (Berg)
Victorian manuscripts from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of The New York Public Library, including collections on the Brontës & Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Women: transnational networks
A wide array of primary source documents—serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visuals—focusing on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century, all through a transnational perspective. 

North American Women's Letters and Diaries
'the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters'

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers 1500-1700
230 digitised manuscripts from the Perdita Project, written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Women in the National Archives
This resource provides access to an online finding aid for women's studies resources in The National Archives, Kew, covering 1559-1995. It also gives access to early 20th century original documents on the Suffrage Question in Britain, the Empire and Colonial Territories.

Women, War and Society, 1914-1918 (Archives unbound)
Documents the essential contribution of women during the Great War as well as the revolutionary and permanent impact the World War I had on the personal, social and professional lives of these women, with primary sources from the Imperial War Museum, London, including charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs, press cuttings and more.

Women Writers Online
a full-text collection of texts by pre-Victorian women writers, published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University

(N.B. If you are not connected to the Oxford network you will need to login with your Oxford Single Sign On username and password to gain full access to the above online resources and some of the guides)