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I'm researching pay equality in higher education.

Where should I begin my search to find information on what is currently being done to assure that female employees, more specifically professors, are receiving the same amount of pay as their male counterparts.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015  |  74 Views

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You can approach this in a few ways: 1) Do some general research on equal pay 2) Narrow that search to take a look at universities and professorship 3) Find some statistics on equal pay around the country 4) Take a look at faculty pay in the UHD budget.

Start by searching databases. Go to the library home page at and from the search box in the center of the screen choose the tab marked RESEARCH GUIDES. Then choose the “Social Sciences” link. Then scroll through the list in the center of the page until you find “Sociology”. From the Sociology guide, choose a database for researching your topic. I recommend using Academic Search Complete, Gender Studies Database, Omnifile, and/or Opposing Viewpoints.

Start with Gender Studies. I entered “equal pay” into the search box and found several topics on the subject. On the left side of the screen, there are some options to narrow your search. Notice the option labeled “Subject”. You might use some of the subjects as search terms as well. Terms like “pay equity” and “equal pay for equal work” should help you find information on the topic as well.

Next, try combining the search term “equal pay” and “universities”. Several studies in this area came up in the results list.

I recommend trying Opposing Viewpoints as well. Here you can find information about the issue as well as original documents like the Equal Pay Act legislation.

Next, start looking for statistics. Visit the library guide for Statistics and Data found here: FedStats is a good choice to start with. You can browse topics from A-Z. Look for Labor and visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. There should be information about pay and wages here.
At the top of the webpage of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a drop down menu for “Publications”. Look for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Here you can find information about specific occupations including the average pay.
I can also recommend Try searching “wages” in the search box and browse through the results for information related to your topic.

Finally, the UHD Library has a copy of the university's current budget. Stop by the 5th floor Library check out desk to use a copy. This document has the university budget, including wages.

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