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Biographical Reference Works for and about Women, from the Advent of the Women’s Liberation Movement to the Present: An Exploratory Analysis.

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Title: Biographical Reference Works for and about Women, from the Advent of the Women’s Liberation Movement to the Present: An Exploratory Analysis.
Author(s): Searing, Susan E.
Subject(s): Biography Reference works Women Women's studies Biographical dictionaries
Abstract: Hundreds of English-language biographical reference books devoted to women subjects were published between 1966 and 2006. These works compensated for underrepresentation of women in standard sources and responded to the intense interest in women’s lives on the part of feminist scholars. The findings in this article are derived from a bibliographic database that includes works limited by nationality, race, occupation, and other factors, as well as general biographical dictionaries. A decade-by-decade analysis reveals trends in subject content that parallel developments in the scholarly field of women’s studies and the public arena. Problems with duplicative content, subjectivity, and factual errors are described, and points for evaluation are recommended. As biographical information about women is increasingly available on the open Web, questions remain about the nature and future of this type of information source.
Issue Date: 2007
Citation Info: Library Trends, v. 57, no. 2, Fall 2007, pp. 469-493.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3534
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright 2007, The Board of Trustees, University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-02
 

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