Biology of Women

Sample Call Numbers
Sample Subject Headings
Library Catalogs
Sample Materials
Research Databases
Relevant Journals
Selected Web Pages and Digital Archives

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Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Biology (General) QH 301-705.5 
Human Anatomy QM 1-695
Gynecology and Obstetrics RG 1-991 
Pregnancy RG 551-591
Diseases of the Breast RG 491-499
Biology Reproduction QH 471-489 
Conception – Artificial Insemination – Contraception RG 133-137.6
Abnormalities and Diseases of the Female Genital Organs RG 211-483
Personal health and hygiene (includes nutrition) RA 773-788
Physical education and training GV 201- 555

Sample Subject Headings

Once you identify appropriate subject headings, you can perform Subject searches in the library catalog. Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.
  • Exercise for women
  • Anatomy
  • Human biology
  • Physiology
  • Reproduction
  • Sex (biology)
  • Biology – Dictionaries
  • Biology – periodicals
  • Nutrition
  • Pregnancy – nutritional aspects
  • Folic acid in human nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Reproduction – Periodicals
  • Reproductive health – Asia
  • Metabolism in pregnancy
  • Pregnancy – Complications
  • Sexuality – Physiology
  • Natural childbirth
  • Heart diseases in women
  • Eating disorders
  • Menstruation

Library Catalogs

Von Canon Library Catalog 
Washington and Lee Catalog   
VMI Preston Library Catalog  
Rockbridge Public Library Catalog (incl. BV Branch)  
WorldCat Database  

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
Body Shots: Hollywood and the culture of Eating Disorders PN 1995.9 .B62 F69 2011
Bodies of Knowledge: sexuality, reproduction, and women’s health in the second wave HQ 29 .K58 2010
Making peace with the image in the mirror BF 697.5 .H38 2001
The Body Project: an intimate history of American girls HQ 798 .B724 1997
The Hite report : a nationwide study on female sexuality HQ 29 .H57
The New our bodies, ourselves : a book by and for women RA 778 .N67
Unspeakable losses : healing from miscarriage, abortion RG 648 .K56
In the Patient’s Best Interest: women and the politics of medical decisions RG 103.7 .F57
Women’s primary health care : office practice and procedures RA 564.85 .W687
Alcoholism and Women e-Book
Do you really need surgery? guide to hysterectomy & other procedures e-Book
Healthy eating for life for women e-Book
The ultimate nutrition guide for women e-Book
Women and AIDS coping and care e-Book
Birth by design pregnancy, maternity care, and midwifery e-Book
Understanding menopause e-Book
The official patient’s sourcebook on breast cancer e-Book
What women need to know from headaches to heart disease e-Book
Eating disorders new directions in treatment and recovery e-Book

Research Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • BioOne
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Contemporary Women’s Issues
  • Credo Reference
  • eBook Collection
  • Electronic Library
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Environment Complete
  • ERIC
  • Health Source – Consumer Ed
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • HighWire Press
  • JURN
  • Legal Collection
  • Lexis Nexis
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • OAISter
  • PsycInfo
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • PubMed
  • Wiley Online Library
  • Women’s Studies International
  • WorldCat

Relevant Magazines and Journals

  • Harvard Women’s Health Watch
  • Women’s Health
  • Women’s Health in Primary Care
  • Women’s Health Weekly
  • Women’s Oncology Review
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • OB/GYN News
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Nutrition Journal
  • Eating Disorders Review
  • Hormone Research
  • OB/GYN Clinical Alert
  • Reproduction
  • The International Journal on the Biology of Stress
  • Sexual Science
These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal/magazine, use the JournalFinder tool on the Von Canon Library homepage. The Washington and Lee and VMI Libraries have similar tools.

Selected Web Pages and Digital Archives