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American Women: Resources from the General Collections

Indexes to Anthologies

Arthur S. Siegel. Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland... 1943. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-And-White Negatives. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Articles or essays published within edited volumes are rarely cataloged individually and only occasionally listed in periodical indexes, so bibliographies and indexes that capture such research are extremely valuable.

The only way to know whether a print index includes articles published within books is to read the introduction to the index.

Occasionally, the Library of Congress catalog record for a collection of articles includes a note section with the titles and authors of each individual article. These are searchable online by keyword or as a note.

Read the description for online databases to determine whether they include anthologies and essays.

Case Study - Using Indexes to Anthologies of Essays

How would a researcher studying eighteenth-century widows know that an article on this subject appeared in a collection of essays entitled Women's Experience in America?

Would someone looking for details on women shipyard workers think to look in Hidden Aspects of Women's Work?

Print sources used to identify the above sources include:

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress.  If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Search broader online indexes using  Library of Congress subject headings (such as "Woman," "Marriage," "Divorce") or keywords such as "Gender," "LGBT," or "Feminist theology," among many others. Examples of online indexes include: