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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.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & LINK+ are services to help you borrow materials and receive digital copies of articles from libraries, both locally and around the world.

In addition to the traditional library service for obtaining print and digitized materials from libraries throughout the world, SCU Students, faculty, and staff can get a digitized (scanned PDF) book chapter or a journal article within the Library’s collection by submitting a request using their Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery account. 

LINK+ is a courier service that allows for rapid borrowing of books & media from libraries throughout California & Nevada.

Off-Campus Access

To access databases from home, go to the University Library website and select the database you wish to search. Login with your SCU login credentials (first initial and last name) and password. 

Find Books On Your Topic

  • Go to OSCAR, the library catalog, (available from the library home page at
  • Enter keywords describing your topic.  For example if you are interested in the topic of LGBTQ and bullying in K-12 schools you can try:
  • (an asterisk at the end of a keyword will retrieve various endings of the word (for example "LGBTQ" and "LGBTQIA+")
  • LGBTQ and bullying 
    LGBTQ* and bullying and children
    Bullying and LGTBQ and K-12
  • Be sure to check the locations of the books in OSCAR. Some books are located in the ARS (Automated Retrieval System) and you need to request them, some others are in the stacks on the lower level of the library.
  • If you are interested in a book and you cannot find it in OSCAR, use LINK+ to request it from another library.  It takes only a few days to get it!

Books in Library

Find eBooks

To find books editored or authored by various experts on your topic, follow these steps:

1. Go to the library homepage and access the "streaming videos/ebooks" tab. 


NOTE: We have hundreds of thousands of ebook titles you can access during COVID-19 closures. When the library re-opens, you can also search for print books, which you access under the "OSCAR" tab in the image above.

2. Enter keywords describing your topic.  For example

  • Transgender AND (advertising OR media)
  • Politics AND (LGBTQ*)

3. Be sure to note the locations of the book:

  • ARS: The book is in our Automated Retrieval System and you'll need to request it.
  • Main Stacks: The books is on the lower level of the library. Note its call number (address) to locate it.
  • Electronic Resource: It's an ebook that you can access directly online through our book catalog.