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Gender and Sexual Minorities (LGBTQIA) Studies   Tags: asexual, bisexual, gay, gender_and_sexual_minorities, gsm, intersex, lesbian, lgbt, queer, queer_theory, transgender  

This guide provides tips and resources for locating books, films, journal articles, news sources, and websites for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual, and other gender and sexual minorities studies.
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Rainbow Center Library

In addition to the resources on LGBTQIA history at Babbidge Library, the Rainbow Center on the 4th floor of the Student Union has its own library of over 2,000 books and 400 videos, and is open to all UConn students, faculty and staff.

For more information on upcoming LGBTQIA-themed programs and events on campus, please consult the Rainbow Center's Events Calendar.


Keyword Search Terms

You'll need to try a variety of search terms to find articles and items in the library catalog.

Use a ? to broaden your search.  For example, searching lesbian? as a keyword will return results for lesbian, lesbians, and lesbianism all at once.


keyword: gay

keyword: lesbian?

keyword: homosexual?

keyword: queer?

keyword: queer studies

keyword: gay rights

keyword: gay liberation

keyword: transgender?

keyword: bisexual?

keyword: asexual?

keyword: intersex


Getting Started with Gender and Minorities Studies Research

Gender and Sexual Minorities Studies is interdisciplinary.  Research can cross a wide range of subjects and resources.


Included in this guide are many types of information sources. To thoroughly research a topic in GSM Studies, you need to have skills in assessing the reliability of the information you are looking at.
  • Who did the research?
  • How large (or small) was the participant group?
  • How inclusive or exclusive were the researcher(s)?
  • Was there bias in the analysis?
  • What was not considered -- what did they ignore or overlook?

And finding, evaluating, using, and citing good quality websites is an absolute necessity. Many organizations (like the U.N. and the Institute for Women's Policy Research) contains current data and only publish on the web.

Your resources should include: Reference books, books, journal articles, AND websites of quality. Scrutinize all resources! 

And always feel free to ask for help-- that's why we're here!


Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are classifications agreed upon by all US libraries and can be a helpful tool when you are searching for information. However, LC Subject Headings regarding sexual orientation and gender identity often do not reflect up to date or fully accurate terminology.  

Older materials especially will have the subject heading Homosexuality

Instead of Transgender, the LC Subject Heading is Transgenderism.

Experiment with different keywords.  If you have trouble finding what you're looking for, just ask!

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