Are there particular gender differences in web usage/preferences? I'm about to start designing an information-based site with a predominantly female audience. I was wondering what research already exists that might provide any useful insights? Most research tends to focus on gender behaviour differences on e-commerce or social networking sites, but I haven't found much in terms of information sites.
Edit: 11 December 2010
These 2 articles are good read
According to some recent research by the University of Glamorgan, if you are designing a site primarily aimed at women, it is worth ensuring a female designer is working on it.
Usability Study: Men Need Speed
And this PDF also
30 June 2012 - I came across to one more good article today
Gender Differences in Website Production and Aesthetic Preferences: http://www.iiisci.org/journal/CV$/sci/pdfs/I196XFB.pdf
Gender and Web Design: http://www.acrwebsite.org/volumes/gmcb_v08/CP%20paper%2030%20Gloria%20Moss.pdf
Also, try ERIC (not Google) for more papers - although you may have to pay for access to some of them (do ERIC first then Google a paper's name if it's not available direct from ERIC - many are hosted for free on sites that ERIC doesn't link to).
@TomEvans: I don't know if you're aware of http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en&tab=ws or not, but it might help you in your search for academic material.