Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries. They are a great place to begin your research, since they can help with the following:
Browse topic ideas and get background information:
To research and discuss LGBTQ issues it is essential that you familiarize yourself with LGBTQ vocabulary. A great resource to help you with this is the GLAAD Media Reference Guide.
However, it is important to keep in mind that the terminology that is most favored and in use now may not capture historical sources. For example, from Google Trends, we can see that up until about 2012, more people were searching for GLBT on Google than for LGBTQ, which is more in use today.
These search tips work in our library databases and Library Catalog:
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