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WGST 51: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

This course guide will help you identify and locate resources related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Studies.

What is a Library Database and Why Should I Use One?

Fact Checking Resources

News Resources

These resources provide fact-checking to assess the truth of claims made in political statements, social media posts, and news coverage.

What is a Database?

A database in general is a collection of information organized to be searched by computer. On the SCU Library Website, our electronic databases are collections of articles or in-depth reports that you can retrieve online. 

The library has subscriptions to both general databases (example: EbscoHost Academic Search Premier) or subject-specific databases, such as LGTBQ or Communications or Ethnic Studies, among many others. These databases usually provide full-text access to journal articles.  

LGBTQ Databases

Searching Tips

Use "     " when searching for phrases or to retrieve results using the words in a specific order. 

Example: "Gay Rights"   "LGBT adoption"   "LGBT parenting"    "Same-sex marriage" 

Use AND  to

  • narrow your results
  • tell the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting records
  • example: Gay Rights AND LGBTQ AND United States

Use OR to 

  • connect two or more similar concepts (synonyms)
  • broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
  • example: LGBTQ OR gay OR lesbian OR transgender OR Bisexual 

Use NOT to 

  • exclude words from your search
  • narrow your search, telling the database to ignore concepts that may be implied by your search terms
  • example:  "LGBTQ events" not "gay pride"