Research Guides


Language and Gender

This Web page gives recommendations of resources to use and the terms to search in them for topics related to language and gender (e.g. media images, women's language, men's language, inappropriate humor directed at males or females) Language Research Topics has links to pages with suggestions for other language topics.

Books, in call number ranges P 40, P 120

Search SAGE using:

  • Communication Sex differences
  • Language and Languages Sex differences
  • English language gender

Search Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (print) using:

  • sex differences
  • sex discrimination in advertising
  • sex discrimination in language
  • sexist slurs

Search Business Periodicals Index (print) using:

  • sex in advertising
  • sex differences
  • sexism in advertisements
  • sexism in language

Search Education Index (print) using:

  • sex discrimination in language

Search Academic Search Premier using:

  • sexism in communication
  • language and gender
  • gender identity
  • language
  • interpersonal communication
  • interpersonal communication sex differences
  • sex differences and language
Be certain to combine terms in the database below to find more precisely what you need. Also, you don't want to be searching through large sets of search results. See Advanced Searching Tips for suggestions.

Search PsycINFO using:

  • Human sex differences
  • Interpersonal communication
  • oral communication
  • mass media
  • verbal communication
  • printed communications media
  • communications media

Search Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts using:

  • language
  • gender

Be sure to evaluate the sources you find. Use How to Evaluate Books and How to Evaluate Articles for suggestions of things to examine.

Note: CSU no longer subscribes to the indexes listed below, but the terms should work if your library has them:

Search ABI/Inform using:

  • language and sexes
  • communication and sexes
  • sex roles

Search Periodical Abstracts using:

  • language and sexes
  • communication and sexes
  • sex roles and communication