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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Civil War Women -- Primary Sources on the Internet     http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/cwdocs.html
Rated among the top humanities Websites by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Duke University's Civil War Women online archive provides primary source documents about women's experiences in the Civil War.

Military Women     http://militarywoman.org/
"A site for women in the military, women contemplating military service, and women veterans."  Message boards, FAQs and information about military service in all branches.  Last update: 2004.

Military Women Veterans : Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow     http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/
A fascinating and very thorough site about women in the military.  The site, authored by retired U.S. Air Force Captain Barbara Wilson, gives historical information from the American Revolution to the present.  There are also many statistics, pictures and links to other sites.  This site is very current.

Women : Military     http://library.louisville.edu/government/subjects/women/womenmil.html
Interesting site on the history of women in the military by service branch, i.e. Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as by conflict.

Women Come to the Front (WW II)     http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html
The Library of Congress provides biographical and photo archival materials about women journalists, photographers and broadcasters in WW II.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial     http://womensmemorial.org/
This site is presented by the "Women in Military Service for America Memorial" and includes links to  historical information, statistics and photographs.  Although much of the site is about the memorial museum, the "History Articles" link is especially useful for its facts about the contributions of various ethnic groups in the military.

WomenInVietnam.com     http://www.illyria.com/vnwomen.html
This is an excellent website focused on women in the military during the war in Vietnam.  There is excellent information on women who served, and in what capacity.  There is also information on nurses, the Red Cross and female journalists covering the war.

Women's History : Military and War : Women's Roles     http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/militarywar/
This site has a vast array of information on women's military and war history, women who served in support roles and how women's roles changed from women who stayed home.  There are many biographical entries, articles on spies, nurses, museums, POW's and much more.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

CQ Researcher     http://library2.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
Features updated reports by the Congressional Research Service on current topics.  Enter "women military" to bring up reports.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context     http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/start.do?prodId=OVRC&userGroupName=cclc_rio
A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues.  Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Gale Virtual Reference Library     http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cclc_rio?db=GVRL
Contains the full text to Gale Reference print volumes.  Type in "women AND military" to find many book articles.

Issues & Controversies @ FACTS.com     http://www.2facts.com
Features updated reference reports on current topics in the news.  Enter in "women AND military."

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Should women be allowed to serve in combat in the U.S. Armed Forces?
Call number: Ref UB418.W65W64 2008

Women and the military : an encyclopedia
Call number: Ref U21.75.S54 1996

Women in the military (Point/counterpoint)
Call number: Ref UB418.W65S46 2007

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

United States--Armed Forces--Women

Women and the military

Women and war

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 2 sample searches below is from the ProQuest database.  Use advanced search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SU(women) AND (combat)
    2.  SU(women) AND SU(military personnel)

    3.  SU(women) AND SU(armed forces)
    4.  SU(women) AND SU(armed forces) AND SU(vietnam war)
    5.  SU(women) AND SU(military policy)

Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 4/2003
last update: T. Shabelnik, Librarian 3/2010

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