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LGBTQ Research: Start with Books

This guide is to help you get started using the library's resources to research topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer studies.

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Reference works can help you refine your topic and discover other resources. All of the books listed in this section can be found in the library's reference stacks, located on the main floor of the building.

Browse for Books

Books on LGBTQ topics can be found in multiple call numbers in the stacks. Try looking in the following areas:

  • HQ74 - 74.2 Bisexuality
  • HQ75 - 76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism.
  • HQ77.7-77.95 Transsexualism
  • KF 539 Same-Sex Marriage (United States)
  • PN56 .H57 Homosexuality in Literature
  • PN6071 .H724 Homosexuality in Literary Collections
  • RC451.4 .G39 Psychiatry - Gays and Lesbians

Search the Bentley Library Catalog

Search for Books, Videos, DVDs, and Journals from the Library's collections:

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WorldCat Catalog -- Search for Items from Beyond Bentley

Search for resources from around the world and use the Library's Interlibrary Loan system to retrieve books, articles and even DVDs

Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing from Other Libraries

Books and articles that are not available at the Bentley Library can be requested via our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department. All Interlibrary Loan requests should be made online using ILLiad, the interlibrary loan request system. Please note: the first time you access ILLiad, you will be asked to complete a one-time registration of your contact information. Once registration has been completed you may use ILLiad to submit requests, check the status of your requests, and update your contact information.

Please note: Interlibrary Loan will not be able to obtain e-books, the full issue of a journal, reference books, and may not be able to obtain DVDs/Videos, audiobooks, conference proceedings, dissertations, or case studies.  Contact Interlibrary Loan at or 781-891-2301.

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LGBTQ Book Awards

Search for these titles in the Bentley Library catalog, or search the catalog for the award name.

Get Research Help

Visit the Reference Desk, or contact us by phone or e-mail.