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Guide to Locating LGBT Materials in the University Library

Overview | Background Information | Finding Articles | Finding Books | Finding Websites

The purpose of this guide to aid in finding materials in Andersen Library about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The guide does not highlight every LGBT resource available in the Library, but should serve as a starting point in your research.


Does one make a conscious decision to be gay or is it genetic? Should homosexuals be allowed to marry each other? Should hate crime legislation be enacted to protect individuals against discrimination?

These questions illustrate LGBT issues that have come to the forefront of society’s attention in recent years. Debates over the origins of homosexuality, the rights to marry and adopt, hate crime legislation, to name a few, frequently occur on local and national scales. Many of the country’s institutions continue to push for diversity and equality, and the LGBT community wants to ensure that their members enjoy the same freedoms as the other citizens of the United States.

As with any controversial topic, it is important to remember to evaluate sources that you find. This is particularly important when utilizing internet resources, as they may express viewpoints different from your own.

Background Information

These sources contain great information for gathering background information on the topic. The books listed below are shelved in the Reference Collection on the second floor.

Sex and Sexuality
REF HQ21 .S4716 2006
This three-volume set addresses just what the title indicates. The chapters of each volume address various facets of sex and sexuality and include lengthy lists of references for additional research.

Great Events From History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Events, 1848-2006
REF HQ73 .G74 2007
Not only does this series give a summary of each event, both positive and negative, it presents the significance of the event within the context of when it occurred. It also includes sources for further reading.

LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America
REF HQ76.3 .U5 L495 2004
The information in LGBT focuses more on people and things as opposed to events or broad topics. Entries include actors, gyms and music, all from an LGBT perspective.

CQ Researcher
This excellent source provides a balanced view of current matters, including those pertaining to the LGBT community, such as Gay Marriage Showdowns, Preventing Bullying, and Transgender Issues.

Finding Articles

The following databases should contain information on a variety of LGBT issues, but you may find more specific databases that contain relevant articles. For instance, if you’re researching sexual orientation in schools, you could also search an education database such as ERIC or Education Research Complete.

LGBT Life with Full Text (EBSCOhost) LGBT Life with Full Text offers full text for more than 120 important and significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers and more than 140 full-text monographs/books.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
Its multidisciplinary nature and variety of periodicals (newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals) makes ASP an attractive starting point.

GenderWatch (ProQuest)
This database, devoted to women’s and gender issues, provides full-text access to leading journ als, magazines and special reports for those areas.

PsycINFO (EBSCOhost) &
Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
If you’re looking for academic research in the areas of psychology and sociology, PsycINFO and Sociological Abstracts are the places to go. These top databases index the top publications in their respective fields and include international research as well.

Finding Books

Use the Andersen Library Catalog to find materials housed in Andersen Library. Check out the How to Use the Library Catalog tutorial if you’re not familiar with searching.

Just a few specific tips:

  • The question mark (?) serves as the truncation symbol, which allows you to find multiple word endings. For example, if you type homosexual, it will only search for homosexual. If you type homosexual?, it will find items with the words homosexual, homosexuals and homosexuality. Same goes for transgender?, as it finds transgender, transgendered and transgenderism.
  • The Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings for materials can be easy ways to find related items. When selecting a title and viewing the record, look for Subject(s) – clicking on the link will take you to a screen with a list of subjects in alphabetical order and the number of titles.
  • If you’d rather just browse the shelves, you’ll find many of the general titles dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity in the HQ71-77.95. No, the Q does not stand for queer or questioning, it’s purely coincidental.

Finding Websites

The Internet is a fantastic source of information, but it can also be an excellent source of misinformation. Please use your best judgment when researching controversial topics such as those concerning the LGBT community.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of more than 700,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of GLBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community.

National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project
The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education across five issue areas.

Associations Unlimited
AU is a directory of local, regional, national and international organizations – great to find location-specific groups.


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