LGBTQ Studies

Recommended Databases (articles, etc.)

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This resource includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, as well as high quality photos and videos. This useful database covers such topics as Gay and Lesbian Rights, Same-sex Marriage, Transgender People, Coming Out, and Gay Literature. Users can limit to full-text and peer-reviewed results.

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This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, sexual behavior surveys, gay and lesbian rights, and homophobia. Coverage begins in 1980, and continues to the present. The database provides access to journals such as The Advocate, Feminist Studies, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Off Our Backs, and many more.

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This database contains indexing and abstracts for more than 200 LGBT-specific core periodicals and more than 360 LGBT-specific core books and reference works.  LGBT Life also provides full text for more than 130 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers (such as ONE, The Ladder, Mattachine Review, Christopher Street, and Body Politic), as well as more than 170 full-text monographs/books, including Classics in Lesbian Studies, Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research, Handbook of Research with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Populations, and Queer Theory & Social Change.

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This resource indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary. Indexes nearly 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. The theories and practices of socialism and revolution which this database covers inlcude: Ecology; Democracy and Anarchism; Feminism and Organized Labor; Indigenous Peoples; and Gays & Lesbians.

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PsycINFO provides indexing coverage of all document types, including journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports. It contains over 3 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s. The database is international in scope, covering the academic, research, and practice literature in psychology as well as relevant materials from related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, education, social work, law, criminology, social science, and organizational behavior.

Additional Internet Resources

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This resource takes, as its focus, critical investigations of queer cinema and film cultures, from a global perspective. Currently, the organization links to freely available, open access articles and other publications about “Queer Cinematic Interpretation,” with resources for the following topics coming soon: Queer Film Theory, Queer Film Festival Studies, Queer Film Studies Videos, as well as other online resources.

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OutHistory.org is a great site for students interested in the history of gender and sexuality. Using amazing primary (photographs, postcards, police reports, etc.) and secondary resources, OutHistory encourages users to create new online exhibits and edit current ones. Topics include the history of Stonewall, gay and lesbian periodicals, city-specific LGBT histories (Chicago, Philadelphia), pre-Stonewall activism, and queer youth.

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Queer Studies, through the English department at UCSB, serves as a comprehensive resource on LGBTQ, intersex, and other antinormative sexual identities, practices, performances, discourses, representations, and communities. There are general resources, as well as speficic resources for the topics Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual, Intersex, and Transgender and Transsexual, as well as links to Journals and Zines, and a substantial list of queer theory and criticism resources on the web.

Ebooks

LGBTQ Ebook Selection
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This is just a selection of some of the hundreds of ebooks with LGBTQ content that we have at the Library. Use our catalog to search for more (click on Advanced Search, and limit your Record Type to "Electronic Resource").

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Encyclopedias

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This resource is a three-volume survey of more than 400 years of lesbian and gay history and culture in the United States, presented through more than 500 alphabetically arranged entries. Coverage includes people, public policy, economics, social issues, health issues, literature, identities, art, activism, and many others. The entries are signed, and provide bibliographies for further reading, as well as links to related topics within the encyclopedia.

Journals

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The mission of the Gay & Lesbian Review is to provide a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men; to advance lesbian and gay culture by providing a quality vehicle for its best writers and thinkers; and to educate a broader public on gay and lesbian topics.

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Providing a much-needed forum for interdisciplinary discussion, GLQ publishes scholarship, criticism, and commentary in areas as diverse as law, science studies, religion, political science, and literary studies. Its aim is to offer queer perspectives on all issues touching on sex and sexuality.

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Lesbian News is the country's longest running lesbian publication. The journal publishes work in the areas of art, music, film, literature, history, sex and sexuality, politics, adoption, pop culture, and discrimination in the workplace.

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This journal publishes research in the fields of gender and sexuality from theoretical, clinical, and cultural perspectives, and is multi- and interdisciplinary, directed toward scholars and researchers in cultural anthropology, family history, feminism, gender studies, queer studies, social history, sociology, and women’s studies.

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TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly offers a high-profile venue for innovative research and scholarship that contest the objectification, pathologization, and exoticization of transgender lives. It publishes interdisciplinary work that explores the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality, embodiment, and identity in ways that have not been adequately addressed by feminist and queer scholarship. Its mission is to foster a vigorous conversation among scholars, artists, activists, and others that examines how “transgender” comes into play as a category, a process, a social assemblage, an increasingly intelligible gender identity, an identifiable threat to gender normativity, and a rubric for understanding the variability and contingency of gender across time, space, and cultures. Major topics include the cultural production of trans communities, critical analysis of transgender population studies, transgender biopolitics, radical critiques of political economy, and problems of translating gender concepts and practices across linguistic communities.

Legislative Materials

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Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting and advocating for the civil rights of LGBT and HIV-positive individuals. Lambda Legal has offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles and an outreach program for Latino communities. If interested in their work, they offer internships and opportunities to volunteer, as well as paid positions.

Statistics

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GenderStats is an electronic database of gender statistics and indicators designed with user-friendly, menu-driven features. It offers statistical and other data in modules on several subjects. The data in each module is presented in ready-to-use format. Users have the option of saving the country views in Excel (or another spreadsheet software) to customize them for their own reports. Genderstats was produced by the World Bank's Poverty Reduction and Economic management Network’s Gender and Development team (PRMGE) and the Development Economics Data Group (DECDG).

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LGBTData.com serves as a no-cost, open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation & gender identity data and measures. This site also provides knowledgeable analysis, commentary and expert "how to" information on gathering such data effectively in scientific surveys, questionnaires and studies. Collected and categorized here you will find numerous datasets and links to rich data sources that are essential to LGBT health research, researchers, students, advocates and anyone interested in scientific-based information about LGBT people and populations.

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The Population Research in Sexual Minority Health (PRISM) Data Archive is a collaboration between the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), at the University of Michigan. The datasets found here contain information on studies about sexual and gender minority populations, and issues related to these communities. Users can search by keyword, or browse by population subgroup (Lesbian/Bisexual Women; Gay/Bisexual Men; Same-sex Families and Couples; and Studies that include Heterosexual Populations. Transgender Populations datasets are forthcoming.). For each dataset, the site provides a summary of the study, a description of how to use the collection and its data, and a link to related works.

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All Census Bureau demographic surveys collect information about same sex couples. The level of detail collected varies, as well as the availability of other characteristics of the partners. Researchers can find data from different surveys (American Community Survey, going back to 2000; Current Population Survey, going back to 1995; the Survey of Income and Program Participation, going back to 1996; and the Decennial Census (once every ten years; same sex data was collected beginning in 1990). Usres can also find papers and presentations, tables, figures, and maps.