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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resources: Getting Started/Topic Selection

Topic Selection

In order to be successful in finding sources for your papers, it is important to have a topic that is:

  • narrow
  • specific
  • doable-meaning it is something that has been researched by others-hence there are sources available on it.

It is very helpful to do some background reading before you jump in and starting searching for sources such as journal articles. Even a half hour spent reading about your topic will allow you to:

  • get ideas for specific, narrow topics
  • determine whether your topic is doable

Background reading may consist of:

  • encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries
  • textbook
  • quality websites (such as .org,.edu, .gov)

Helpful background reading sources in LGBTQ studies:

Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America
Where to find it in the shelf: HQ76.3.U5 E53 2004 REFERENCE

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered literature: a genre guide
Where to find it on the shelf: Z1229 .G25 .B67 2008

Taking sides: clashing views in gender
Where to find it on the shelf: HQ1075 .T34 

Sex, gender and sexuality: the new basics an anthology
Where to find it on the shelf: HQ21 .S47165 2009


Additional sources of help for topic selection

These are websites developed by librarians that are very helpful in how to go about selecting and refining your topic.