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Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

 

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  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: transsexuals africa history. On the results screen use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any articles that were found.
     
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "stonewall breaking out". If you don't see the book on your list of results then use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any book reviews that were found.
     
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the  name of the author.  For example: amanda lock swarr. On the results screen use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any book reviews and articles that were found.

History eBook Collections

Use "Resource Type" option in UW Libraries Search to limit your search results to eBooks. Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections have strong history content:

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

LGBTQ Subject Headings

Some of the subject headings used to find books in UW Libraries may be outdated or considered incorrect. Subject headings tend to lag behind terminology used today. Many subject headings have overlapping definitions. These are a selection of subject headings that will be useful when searching for books on LGBTQ history. Use the terms in conjunction with the word history when searching for books. For example: gay men great britain history

See QueerLCSH for a comprehensive list of Library of Congress subject headings. Keep in mind other databases such as America History & Life may use other subject terms.

Bisexual men
Bisexual women
Bisexuals
Bisexuality
Gay couples
Gay men
Gays
Gender identity
Gender minorities
Homophobia
Homosexuality
Intersex people
Intersexuality
Lesbianism
Lesbians
Queer theory
Sex change
Sexual minorities
Sexual orientation
Sodomy
Transgender people
Transgenderism
Transphobia
Transsexualism
Transsexuals
Transvestites

Browsing LGBTQ History

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. LGBTQ history and studies are primarily located under the following call number range.

HQ12-HQ77 Sexual Life Allen S. 3


For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.