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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.

http://library.weber.edu/ref/guides/howto/topicselection.cfm