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This guide provides links to resources available at the Waidner-Spahr Library and on the World Wide Web regarding LGBTQ issues. If you would like assistance finding materials, please contact Malinda Triller Doran, 245-1462.


Reference Resources

GLBTQ: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Culture 
General editor, Claude J. Summers, William E. Stirton Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Gay and lesbian Americans and political participation: a reference handbook
Raymond A. Smith and Donald P. Haider-Markel ; foreward by Tammy Baldwin. Santa Barbara, Calif : Abc-clio, 2002.
The gay and lesbian literary heritage : a reader's companion to the writers and their works, from antiquity to the present
Claude J. Summers, editor. New York : Routledge, 2002. Reference PN56 .H57 G365 2002
Homosexuality and science: a guide to the debates 
Vernon A. Rosario. Santa Barbara Ca.: ABC-CLIO, c2002.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
This online encyclopedia contains biographies of influential women and articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
Reader's guide to lesbian and gay studies 
Editor, Timothy F. Murphy. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000. Reference HQ75.15 .R43 2000
Same-sex marriage: a reference handbook 
David E. Newton. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 2010.
Transgender history 
Susan Stryker. Berkeley, CA : Seal Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2008.
Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history 
Edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon.New York : Routledge, 2002. Reference HQ75.7 .W486 2002


Below is a list of databases that are useful for identifying articles, book/film reviews, book chapters, and other materials addressing lgbtq topics.

Gender Studies


Resource addressing the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications are mostly full-text and date from 1970 to the present. They include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and reports from government agencies and non-governmental organizations. • Coverage Range: 1970 to present • Mostly Full-Text


Index to the world's literature regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Disciplines covered include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, and sociology. • Coverage Range: 1953-present • Full-Text

Alternative/Left Resources

Alternative Press Index

Contains citations and some full-text articles from alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers, and magazines. It is international in scope with its central focus on socialism, national liberation, labor, indigenous peoples, gays, lesbians, feminism, ecology, democracy, and anarchism. Covers material from 1991 to the present. Click on the "Get It" button to access full-text when available. • Coverage Range: 1991 to present • Citations Only

Alternative Press Index Archives

Journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 700 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Covering theories and practices of socialism and revolution alongside ecology, democracy and anarchism, feminism and organized labor, indigenous peoples and gays/lesbians, the coverage is both international and interdisciplinary • Coverage Range: 1969-1990 • Citations Only

Left Index

A complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Other topics covered include the labor movement, ecology & environment, race & ethnicity, social & cultural theory, sociology, art & aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law and globalization. Also included are classic texts by Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels and others. • Coverage Range: 1891-present • Some Full-Text


Family & Society Studies Worldwide

Includes coverage of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, Human Development, and Social Welfare. Publications cover a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history and social work. • Coverage Range: 1970-present • Citations Only

Family Studies Abstracts

Covers essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. • Coverage Range: 1979-present • Citations Only

Social Science Citation Index (Web of Science)

A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature and conference proceedings of the social sciences. Also has the capacity to conduct a cited reference search and create a citations map. • Coverage Range: 1965 to present • Citations Only

Social Sciences Full Text

Covers English-language periodicals, published in the Unites States or internationally, in sociology, anthropology, psychology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Indexes material from 1983-present, includes abstracts for material 1984-present and contains some full-text for 1994 to present. • Coverage Range: Indexing 1983+, Abstracting 1984+ and “select” Full Text 1994+ • Some Full-Text

Sociological Abstracts

Indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Includes abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers Advanced search tools include Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms, an aid for picking search terms. • Coverage Range: 1963 to present • Citations Only

Violence and Abuse Abstracts

Covers essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.• Coverage Range: 1995-present • Citations Only

Women's Studies

CWI (Contemporary Women's Issues)

Global resource addressing women’s issues, including health, human rights, law, the workplace, gender equity, family, education, sexual violence and exploitation, lesbian concerns, feminism, arts and media, culture and customs, and reproductive rights. Includes English-language titles from East and West Africa, Asia, and South and Central America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe. • Coverage Range: 1992 to current • Citations Only

Women and Social Movements in the United States

Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection advances scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible. The collection currently includes 94 document projects and archives with more than 3,750 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and almost 2,100 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. Includes access to the online version of Notable American Women and the database on Commissions on the Status of Women. • Coverage Range: 1600-2000 • Mostly Full-Text

Women's Studies International

Core database for feminist research from 1972 to the present. Contains citations and some full-text of journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, non-governmental organization studies, Web sites & Web documents, and grey literature. • Coverage Range: 1972-Present • Full-Text

General Databases

Essay and General Literature Index

Index to chapters and essays contained in books of collected works. Focuses on humanities and social sciences, including works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Covers archaeology, folklore, architecture, history, art, linguistics, literature, music, classical studies, poetry, drama, political science, economics, religion, women's studies, and film. • Coverage Range: 1985 to present • Citations Only

Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective

A citation-only database that includes articles from English-language periodicals on such subjects as Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Articles in this database were published between 1907 and 1984. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link. • Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984 • Citations Only

Humanities Full Text

A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion. • Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, “select” Full Text 1994+ • Some Full-Text

Keyword Search Ideas

Below is a list of commonly used search terms related to lgbtq issues. For more specific searches, try using them in combination with other words. For example: Gay AND College students

  • Bisexual
  • Coming out (sexual orientation)
  • Gay couples
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gay men
  • Gay parents
  • Gay rights
  • Gay youth
  • Gays
  • Gays in popular culture
  • Gays’ writings
  • Gender identity
  • Hermaphroditism
  • Heterosexism
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexual
  • Homosexuality in literature
  • Intersex
  • Lesbian Feminism
  • Lesbian
  • Mass media and gays
  • Queer
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sex Customs
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexuality and culture
  • Transsexual

Book Lists

LGBTQ resources Resources are sorted so that most recently published items appear first

Books about coming out

LGBTQ fiction

LGBTQ poetry

Below are lists of award-winning books on lgbtq themes, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Search the Dickinson Library catalog to identify titles in the college’s collection. You may use PALCI to request items the college does not own.

List of works of fiction and non-fiction “honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.”
Lists of lgbt science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Annual award recognizing the “finest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature available in the United States.”
Annual awards “honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, debut fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in the United States or Canada.”


Feature Films

Documentary Films

Web sites

ACLU LGBT Rights Project News, legal documents, and multimedia resources regarding lgbt legal issues.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource ProfessionalsThe combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. This Web site contains information regarding the establishment of LBGT programs at colleges and universities, and includes newsletters & reports , self-studies, and bibliographies useful in understanding the impact of these programs in higher education.

Dickinson College Office of Diversity Initiatives

Discovering American Women’s History Online This resource provides links to primary sources about lesbians.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Reports, newsletters, and facts about global lgbt issues.

Lambda 10 Project National Clearinghouse for GLBT Fraternity and Sorority Issues.

Lavender Legacies Guide to LGBTQ Archives This Web site provides lists of LGBTQ archives by state.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Contains reports, maps, and fact sheets regarding lgbt issues.

People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* historyArticles, reviews, primary documents and Websites regarding LGBT history, maintained by Fordham University professor.

Pride@Dickinson Creating a campus for Dickinsonians of all sexual orientations, races, classes, ethnicities, genders, abilities, religions, and gender identities.

Queer Zine Archive Project

Rainbow History Project Primary sources regarding lesbians and the women’s movement.

Speaking OUT Against Bullying Links to resources regarding bullying.

Voice of the Shuttle: Gender and Sexuality Studies Links to numerous Web sites regarding gender and sexuality.