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Sexuality & Gender

Getting Started

  • GenderWatch
    Full-text collection of journals, magazines, newsletters, and other publications devoted to women's and gender issues spanning the arts, politics, and sexuality research.
  • Points of View
    Concise reports on current events and controversial topics, primary sources, and articles. Use the "browse by category" feature to find information on today's important issues.

Finding Background Information

  • Virtual Reference Library
    Full-text encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources including the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender.
  • Encyclopedia of Gender and Society ( SRO )
    Explore the background of your topic, get more information on a controversial issue, or research a historical event.
  • CQ Researcher
    Current events and issues organized by topic. Try browsing the "Human Rights" and "Social Movements" topics.

Finding Articles

  • Academic Search Complete  
    Magazines and journals on a variety of subjects, includes full text and scholarly journals. Try searching: "LGBT," "gay marriage," "sexual identity."
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
    Magazines and journals related to communications research. Search by topic for sexuality and gender resources.
  • Project Muse
    Full-text of 300+ peer-reviewed journals. Covers literature, history, the arts, culture, education, political science, gender studies, etc.
  • New York Times ( 1851 - 2009 )
    Search one of the top newspapers by topic.

Finding Books

To browse books in the library's collection, try looking for books that start with these call numbers:

  • HQ for sexuality and gay rights topics from a sociological perspective
  • KF for legal Issues related to the LGBT community
  • BF for the psychology of sexuality and gender
  • PN for literature dealing with sexuality and gender

*All of these call numbers will be located on lower-level 1 of McNairy Library.


Use the links below to search for books on your topic.

Finding Websites

  • Human Rights Campaign
    A civil rights organization that provides information about activism, connections to research, and news regarding current LGBTQ issues.
  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ( GLAAD )
    Utilizes social media to promote a culture on the acceptance and equality for the LGBTQ community.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    Provides issue maps and fact sheets that provide useful statistics and topic overviews from the research and reports page.
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
    The nation's largest LGBTQ education organization that links to resources that are working to end bullying of LGBT students in K-12 schools.
  • Trevor Project
    Provides resources for implementation strategies for crisis intervention and suicide prevention regarding LGBTQIA youth.
  • Out History
    OutHistory tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. It uncovers histories of same-gender love and of gender crossing in the recent and distant past.