Women in Development: Information Resources

This is a selective guide to resources at Columbia University Libraries and on the Internet, for conducting research on issues related to women in economic and political development throughout the world.

Resources marked with this symbol are restricted to Columbia affiliates.

Find Books

  • CLIO: Columbia Libraries Online Catalog
    CLIO is the online catalog for the Columbia and Barnard libraries. It includes over 4 million records for books, journal or newspaper titles (not articles), online resources, government documents, microforms, sound or video recordings, archival collections, etc.
  • Pegasus: Columbia University Law School Library Online Catalog
    Pegasus includes: U.S. federal and state law, selected Commonwealth jurisdictions, major foreign language collections and, since 1983, vernacular and Western language materials pertaining to law in Japan and the People's Rep. of China.
  • WorldCat
    An online catalog of the collections of 24,000 member libraries of the OCLC consortium, comprising more than 36 million records for books, serials, manuscript collections, audiovisual materials, computer files, and other media.
  • Borrow Direct
    A borrowing service offered by the university libraries of Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. It is designed to allow students, faculty and staff to request (and receive in four days) books directly from each other's collections.

Background Information

Find Journal Articles

  • British Library for Development Studies
    Search all serial titles, monographs acquired since 1987 and articles selectively indexed since 1990.
  • JOLIS: Joint World Bank & IMF Libraries Online Catalog
  • Eldis Gender Resource Guide
    Search databases and access gender country profiles.
  • International Political Science Abstracts. Bimonthly.
    Indexes and abstracts articles in the field of political science, including the sub-fields of public administration, political theory and international relations.
    Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.
  • PAIS International
    Indexes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories in the area of public affairs. Coverage 1915 -  present
  • Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts
    Provides articles on education, employment, women in the family, medicine and health, gender role socialization, social policy, the social psychology of women, female culture, media treatment of women, biography, literary criticism and historical studies.
  • Gender Studies Database
    Covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia.


  • Directory of Development Organizations.
    The directory of development organizations, listing 53,750 development organizations, has been prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, research institutions, governments and the private sector.
  • International Organizations Funding Directory.
    London : Europa, 2004.
    Call Number: JZ 4839 .I68 2004g
  • Sustainable Development Policy Directory.
    Oxford ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2006
    Call Number: HC 79 .E5 S773 2006

U.S. Government Agencies

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)

  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
    Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences.
  • Academy for Educational Development (AED)
    The Academy for Educational Development is an independent, nonprofit service organization committed to addressing human development needs in the United States and throughout the world.
  • Association for Women's Rights in Development
    AWID is an organization committed to gender equality and a just and sustainable development process.
  • Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
    CEDPA is a women-focused nonprofit international organization founded in 1975. CEDPA's mission is to empower women at all levels of society to be full partners in development.
  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
    ICRW is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social and economic development with women's full participation.
  • Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
  • WIDNET (Women in Development Network)
    WIDNET provides especially good resources for statistics and full text documents of IGOs which relate to women.
  • WSSLINKS: International Women
    This page includes links to sites (in the U.S. and elsewhere) that address women's issues outside the U.S. Several are in languages other than English. Developed and maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • World Neighbors
    World Neighbors is a US-based non-profit organization working at the forefront of worldwide efforts to eliminate hunger, disease and poverty in Asia, Latin America and Africa. It encourages community leadership and self-help in rural communities though 89 programs in food security, community health, and family planning.