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Women & Gender Studies: Finding Books & eBooks

This guide is intended to help students taking classes in the Women's & Gender Studies concentration.

The library has many books and eBooks in its collections related to topics discussed in women and gender studies. Learn how to find them in the library's collections using SpartaCat, the library's catalog, on this page. eBooks can also be found using EBSCO Discovery Service or by searching specific eBook collections (both in the library and online) linked below. View highlighted books in the collections for inspiration on this page as well. 

Finding Books and eBooks in SpartaCat

SpartaCat, the NCC Library Catalog, is an online tool that allows you to search for items owned by the Library. This includes books, e-books, encyclopedias, streaming videos, audiobooks, print periodicals, and more.

You have the option of performing many different searches within the library catalog:


Basic Searching in SpartaCat

image of search options in SpartaCatKeyword: If you are looking for a general topic (like "global warming"), it is best to start here. It will search the title, summary, table of contents, and publication information of each of our books and items for the word or phrase you enter.

Author: If you are looking for books by a specific person, search using this. For example, if you want to find books by Edgar Allan Poe, enter his name like this: Poe, Edgar Allan.

Title: If you know the specific title of a work, choose this option.

Subject: Search the Subject Headings list. These are like #hashtags. They are the main word or phrase used to catalog the book and reflect what it is about, but they may not appear in the title, summary, table of contents, or publication information the way a keyword would.

While these are the most popular, basic types of searches, you could use one of the other options listed (ISBN, Genre, Series Title, Call Number, or Periodical Title) if it fits your needs.

Finding Books in the Library Collections

To find books on our shelves, you will need to know the call number and shelf location of the book. It is also helpful to know its status. You can find this information by clicking on an item in your results list to view its details, and then scrolling to the availability section. 

image of item location information in SpartaCat

Common Shelf Locations           

Stacks: The main collection of borrowable books in the libraries. Note the campus location indicated here.         
Reference: An area for multi-volume encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. These books can only be used in the library, they cannot be checked out or borrowed. Note the campus location indicated here.

Reserves: Items set aside at the Circulation or Information Desk for specific courses. They may be in-library use only, have a shorter loan period, or have other restrictions. Note the campus and desk location indicated here.  
Media Tower: The item is a DVD, VHS, or CD (although children's and young adult materials are in this location too) in the Bethlehem campus library.   
Online: A digitial e-Book or streaming video viewed by clicking the provided access link.            
New Books: A special section of the libraries for recent additions to our collection. Note the campus and desk location indicated here.
Browsing: An area for popular fiction and nonfiction titles and bestsellers. Note the campus and desk location indicated here.

Periodicals: A section of the libraries with print magazines and journals. Note the campus and desk location indicated here.

Common Statuses for Library Items

On Shelf: the item is available or on the shelf. 
Due xx/xx/xxxx: the item is currently checked out and loaned to someone else. It is expected back to the library on the indicated date.

Finding eBooks 

To find eBooks with SpartaCat, after you have started your search, on the results page, use the Limit Search Results options. 

Look for the Item Type search result limiter. 

Select Electronic Books and click Include to add this limiter or filter to your search.

This removes any and all items that are not eBooks from your search results. 






Accessing our eBooks

In the results, eBooks will be tagged with the words Electronic Resource and their location will be Online. To view an eBook from the search results page, use the link labeled Click Here to Read OnlineThis Click Here to Read Online link also appears on the eBook's Item Details (or summary) page.

image of Click Here to Read Online link from search results

image of click here to read online from Item Details








Clicking this link will open the eBook in a new screen. You may be prompted to login with your Northampton username and password before you can begin reading the book. 

See a Demonstration

Watch our SpartaCat video tutorial for a search demonstration. 

Where Are Women's Studies Books Located?

If you feel like browsing the library's women and gender studies books, you'll want to go to the section labeled HQ. It will include topics like:

HQ12-HQ472: sexuality, sexual behavior/attitudes, LGBTQIA+

HQ503-HQ1058: family, marriage, home, youth, teenagers, dating

HQ1075: sex roles

HQ1088-HQ2030: men, women, feminism

HQ1121-HQ1154: history of women

HQ1180-HQ1190: Feminist theory

HQ1401-HQ1870.9: women by region or country

Be sure to look in these areas in both the general Stacks collections as well as the Reference and New collections. To locate books about your specific topic, use SpartaCat (the library catalog) to find their shelf locations and call numbers. 

Request Items from the Library's Physical Collections

Our Library to Go service for students, faculty, and staff lets you request items from our physical collections for free UPS delivery or library pickup. Portions of library materials may be scanned for email delivery or access through our Digital Reserves in Blackboard. 

Search SpartaCat or work with a librarian to find items. Once you know which items you need, submit your request.

Learn More about Borrowing Items from the Libraries

Highlighted Books from the Library Collections

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Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

Available at Bethlehem & Pocono


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The Essential Feminist Reader

Available at Bethlehem



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The Feminine Mystique

Available at Bethlehem & Pocono


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The Second Sex

Available at Bethlehem & Pocono (2011 edition)



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Sexual Politics

Available at Bethlehem


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The Second Shift

Available at Bethlehem & Pocono


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The Beauty Myth

Available at Pocono


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Gender: What Everyone Needs to Know

Available at Bethlehem & Pocono

The LGBTQ+ History Book

Available at Bethlehem & Pocono


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Transgender History

Available at Bethlehem


The Libraries' eBook Collections

You can search individual eBook collections directly as well. A few of our most popular ones are highlighted below. You can also look for them, and others using the eBook database type filter on our Databases A-Z list.  

Our Favorite Free eBook Collections on the Internet

There are many free, open access, publicly available eBooks collections on the Internet. Here are some of the most popular ones used for academic research:

When the library doesn't have a book you want...

You may discover a book that would be useful for your topic and research, only to find that the library does not have it in our collection. If that happens, you can submit an interlibrary loan request, and we will see if another library that has the book would be willing to lend it to us to lend to you. Plan ahead, as interlibrary loan books might take up to two weeks to arrive. Work with a librarian if you need help identifying books to interlibrary loan or assistance with the request.