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GSWS 215: Gender & Popular Culture

This course examines how women are represented in a variety of genres in popular culture (for example, television, advertising, music, fiction, film and the Internet). Students will engage in an analysis of the historical, social and cultural contexts.


A library catalogue is a complete list of all the materials in a library collection, presented in a way that helps users find and retrieve those materials.

Find books, ebooks, DVDs, videos and more using OC Library's catalogue or OCtopus.

There are different ways to search for items. For example:

  • by keywords that describe your topic
  • by subject heading (a specific word or phrase from a defined list)
  • by title
  • by author

There are different ways to refine or limit your search results. For example:

  • by campus location (Kelowna, Penticton, online)
  • by type (book, map, musical recording)
  • by date of publication

Once you find a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: if a book is not at your campus, you can request a transfer .

Location: where is the book in the library - online, circulating collection, reserves, reference.

Call Number: HQ 1190 .M86 2014 (you will find this number on the spine of the book).

Status: available, checked out (you can request a hold for a book that is checked out).

E-ReaderElectronic books can offer a great alternative to print books. Depending on the title, you may be able to download the e-book to your computer, e-reader, tablet, or handheld device. If you are off-campus, you may be required to login. 

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Books (Hardcopy & Physical)

 Books are shelved by Library of Congress CALL NUMBER in the stacks
 Call numbers are organized by SUBJECT. For example, all books on marriage will be under the letters HQ, depending on the specific subject (ie. the family, women, feminism, etc.).
 Specific books will include numbersFor example, marriage vows and race will be around the number 1031, which = HQ 1031
 Click on the title of a book in the catalogue or in OCtopus and you will see a list of links next to 'Subject'. These links take you to other books with the same subject.
 Use the Library catalogue to place holds on items checked out, or request books to your campus from other campus libraries.

E-Books (Electronic & Online)

 E-Books can be viewed from home, most can be downloaded, and the text is searchable.
 Access via OCtopus or the Library's online catalogue. Look for "online access" links.
 Download to your computer, tablet, e-reader, or smart phone for offline reading.
 Searching for books with OCtopus? Limit your search to ebook or book using the resource type limiter box on the left side of results pages.

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