Gale - Virtual Reference

Gale's Virtual Reference Library is another great resource. It includes information from a variety of reference books, on topics ranging from the arts, to education, to law, and more.

Library catalogs

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GLBT Library Subject Headings

Unfortunately, you can't just type in all words that make sense to you (e.g. "dykes" or "queers") to your library's computer and get a good list of books on the subject. For best results, use words that librarians use to describe things - even if the library's language is inadequate. Most periodical indexes use their own language (called a thesaurus) to describe articles. For books, the Library of Congress Subject Headings pertaining to queer-related topics include, in part:

  • Gays (refers to lesbians AND gays as a group)
  • Gay (as an adjective - Gay bars, Gay couples, Gay parents, etc.)
  • Gay men
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gays' writings
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality (refers to the sexuality of lesbians AND gays)
  • Bisexual men
  • Bisexual women
  • Bisexuality
  • Lesbian (as an adjective - Lesbian clergy, Lesbian mothers, etc.)
  • Lesbianism
  • Lesbians
  • Lesbians' writings
  • Afro-American lesbians
  • Afro-American gays
  • Sodomy
  • Transsexuals
  • Transvestites

More LC Subject Headings

GLBTS Reference Books

  • Aldrich, Robert and Garry Wotherspoon. Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History: from antiquity to World War II. New York: Routledge, 2001.
    The name 'em and claim 'em sourcebook.

  • Aldrich, Robert and Garry Wotherspoon. Who's Who in Contemporary Gayand Lesbian History. New York: Routledge, 2001.
    A sourcebook featuring brief bios of writers, activists, academics, politicians.

  • Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit: Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore. London: Cassell, 1997.
    Popular and obscure multi-cultural mythology.
    BL795 .H6C65 1997 REF

  • Dynes, Wayne R. Homosexuality: A Research Guide. New York: Garland, 1987.
    An extensive, annotated multi-topic bibliography including many otherwise unindexed resources.
    Z7164 .S42 D96 1987

  • Dynes, Wayne R. Ed., Encyclopedia of Homosexuality. New York: Garland, 1990. 2 vols.
    Introductory essays, with brief bibliographies.
    HQ76.25 .E53 1990 REF

  • Foster, Jeanette. Sex Variant Women in Literature. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press, 1985.
    An extensive survey of the world's literature originally published in 1956.
    PN56.L45 .F6

  • Garber, Linda. Lesbian Sources: A Bibliography of Periodical Articles, 1970 - 1990. New York: Garland, 1993.
    A bibliography that serves as a lesbian subject index to academic feminist and community-based lesbian publications. Contains many articles unindexed elsewhere.
    Z5866.L44 G37 1993 REF

  • Gay and Lesbian Literature. Vol 1 & 2. Detroit: St.James Press, 1994 & 1998.
    Profiles of the best known Queer authors.
    PN56 .H57 G36 REF

  • Gough, Cal and Ellen Greenblatt. Gay and Lesbian Library Service. New York: McFarland, 1990.
    Includes subject heading guides, core bibliographies, discographies, and filmographies.
    Z711.92 .G37 1990 REF

  • Haggerty, George. Gay Histories and Cultures: an encyclopedia. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2000.
    Entries serve as fine topic introductions, with great bibliographies.

  • Hogan, Steve and Lee Hudson. Completely Queer: The Lesbian and Gay Encyclopedia. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.
    An excellent encyclopedia slanted slightly toward the East Coast.
    HQ75 .H63 1998 REF

  • Maggiore, Dolores. Lesbianism: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to the Literature, 1976 - 1991. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1992.
    Annotates more than 500 books, articles, dissertations, and theses.
    Z7164 S42 M33 1992

  • Murphy, Timothy. Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
    Guide to academic lit on people, periods, topics.

  • National Museum & Archive of Lesbian and Gay History. The Lesbian Almanac. New York: Berkeley Books, 1996.
    The best of several queer almanacs, focusing exclusively on lesbians.
    HQ75.6 .U5 L35 1996 REF

  • Nelson, Emmanuel S., ed. Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.
    Includes the best known openly gay writers.
    PS374 .N63 C66 1993 REF

  • Pollack, Sandra, ed. Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.
    Features writers who published with the 1970s women's presses.
    PS153 .L46 C65 1993

  • Ridinger, Robert B. Marks. The Gay and Lesbian Movement: References and Resources. New York: G.K. Hall, 1996.
    A bountiful annotated bibliography of books, dissertations, theses, and articles from the mainstream and gay/lesbian press.
    HQ76.5 .R53 1996 REF

  • Roberts, J.R. Black Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography. Tallahassee: Naiad Press, 1981.
    Dated but important historical guide to books and articles by and/or about Black lesbians in the U.S.
    HQ75.6 .U5 .R6 1981

  • Samar, Vincent. The Gay Rights Movement: The New York Times 20th Century in Review. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
    New York Times articles arranged by theme, from 1928 - 2000.
  • Schlager, Neil, ed. St. James Press Gay & Lesbian Almanac. Detroit: St James Press, 1998.
    HQ76.3.U5 S75 1998 

  • Tyukus, Michael J. ed. Gay and Lesbian Biography. Detroit: St. James Press, 1997.
    A who's who of modern and contemporary gay and lesbian icons.
    HQ75.2 .G39 1997 REF

  • Zimmerman, Bonnie, and Geoge E. Haggerty, eds. The Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures, vols. 1 & 2. 2000.
    Excellent coverage of people, places, ideas, and events.
    HQ75.5 .L4395 2000

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