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The Library of Congress Subject Headings for LGBT-related material are quite general. Most material is classed under homosexuality, lesbianism or transgender with various subheadings.
LCSH has a responsibility to reflect the naming of ideas as understanding and descriptive language is evolving and in transition, and occasionally lags behind current usage. This can cause inconsistency, overlap and archaic terminology in subject headings, especially those concerning cultural identity. For example, the subject headings transgender and transexual are both used, and the distinction isn't clear.
A useful subject heading for historical overviews, etc.:
Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History
You'll probably have more success with keyword searches using transgender* or gay or lesbian* or queer* in combination with other terms. Keyword searches include tables of contents as well as titles, which is especially helpful for tracking down edited anthologies and other multifaceted material. You can also sort by year to bring more recent or older published material to the surface.
Ending a word stem with an asterisk enables you to find all words beginning with those letters. For example, psych*= psychology, psychologist, psychiatry, etc.
Once you find a good source, you can use its bibliography to branch out and find more related material.
Choose "advanced search" from the menu at the top in order to break out of the "subject" search and do a keyword search to get started.
These indexes cover many different subject areas. JSTOR and Project Muse contain full text of articles from scholarly journals. Expanded Academic and Proquest contain some full text and link to full text in other Vassar databases through ArticleLinker.
All databases are available from the Library home page under Indexes and Databases alphabetically and by subject.
Full text of selected journals from earliest publication up to 5 years prior to the current year.
Use the "Advanced Search" option and select the "Feminist and Women's Studies" subject area in order to limit to Women's Studies journals, or combine this subject area with others such as History and/or Asian Studies, etc.
Despite its title, WoS is an excellent resource for the humanities and social sciences. In addition to being the most up to date index for scholarly journals, it contains the "Cited Reference Search," which allows you to find recent articles citing previously published books, articles and films.
Full-text of publications that focus on issues of gender in a broad spectrum of subject areas. Includes books, booklets/pamphlets, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, newspapers and reports.
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Search for books, journal titles, DVDs and other material in the Vassar Online Catalog
These databases use the same subject headings we use in our online catalog. If you don't know what subject heading to use, try a keyword search first and follow subject headings for relevant books to find others on the same topic.
To get books you find in WorldCat that are not at Vassar or in ConnectNY, use ILLiad.
While many articles on LGBT culture and history, queer theory and related subjects are published in journals throughout the academic disciplines, there are several key journals that specifically focus on LGBT and/or sexuality-related subject matter.
You may want to directly search the full text of the leading journals in the field, in addition to interdisciplinary databases such as Project Muse and JStor.
Some feminist and gender studies journals that frequently publish LGBTQ-related articles are listed here, as well.
Search for journal titles using the "Journals" tab on the library website and then follow the links to search within that particular journal.