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LGBTQ Research: Library Databases

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

Keywords in LGBTQ Research

Start searching databases, the library catalog, and the Web with the following words and phrases. As your search progresses, add to the list with your own terms.


  • gay*, lesbian*, homosexual*, queer, sexual orientation
  • bisexual*
  • transgender*, gender identity, gender expression
  • homophobia, heterosexism, heteronormativity
  • coming out, gay liberation
  • same-sex marriage, civil unions, domestic partners
  • individual people, places, events, etc. (for example: Stonewall, Harvey Milk, Proposition 8)


Note: An asterisk (*) will search all words that begin with the letters in front of it; for example: homosexual* will search for homosexual, homosexuals, and homosexuality.

Interdisciplinary & General



Social Sciences

Google Scholar