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LGBTQ: Finding Books

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Example Searches

Searching the Libraries' discovery layer for keyterms and subject headings will pull up books and ebooks (as well as articles).

You can additionally request materials from MOBIUS, a statewide network of  Missouri college and university libraries, if we don't have the book here at MU or if our copy is checked out.

Searching by subject headings, and limiting to books/ebooks is a great way to find fewer, and more specific resources. These terms are created by the Library of Congress, and are used across libraries. For example:

You might also consider searching for subject headings like Gender Identity, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Transsexualism, Transgenderism, Sexual Minorities, and Sexual Orientation.

LGBTQ Books at the Library

MU Libraries shelves books based on Library of Congress Classification System, meaning all resources with similar topics are located together.  Most LGBTQ materials in Ellis Library can be found between HQ70-HQ80 in 2 East.

Within the record for each book is an expandable section titled "Similar Books," which can assist in finding additional resources for your research, or your next favorite book! For example, the first book in this list, "You can tell just by looking..." recommends similar titles of "Queer America: A GLBT history of the 20th century," "Gay rights and moral panic," "Stonewall: The riots that sparked the gay revolution," and more. Check out a few of these titles to get an idea of what MU has to offer:

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