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Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Studies

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See also Research Quick Start Guides on Women in Society and AIDS and HIV.

Guides to Information and Research Methods

Guides to information and research methods can help you get started.

Homosexuality: a Research Guide (Green Library Information Center Z7164.S42D96 1987) lists and describes a wealth of resources from "the full spectrum of points of view." Includes a subject and personal name index.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedias and dictionaries can provide useful descriptions, overviews, and lists of recommended reading on a topic.

Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center & HASRC HQ75.H63 1998) focuses on "the multifaceted international subculture self-identified lesbians and gay men have cultivated and refined in the second half of the 20th century."

Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (Green Library Information Center & Stacks HQ76.25.E53 1990) surveys the field of homosexuality, including conflicting theoretical perspectives where these exist.

Gay Rights on Trial : A Reference Handbook (Green Library Information Center KF4754.5 .W35 2002)

Homosexuality: Opposing Viewpoints (Green Library Information Center HQ76.3 .U5 H675 1999)

Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History : From Antiquity to World War II (Green Library Information Center HQ75.2 .W47 2001)

Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History : From World War II to the Present Day (Green Library Information Center HQ75.2 .W46 2001)

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures (Green Library Information Center HQ75.13 .E53 2000)

St. James Press Gay & Lesbian Almanac (Green Library Information Center HQ76.3 .U5 S75 1998)

Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit : Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore (Green Library Information Center HQ76.25 .C66 1997)

The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV (Green Library SSRC PN1992.8 .H64 T76 2002)

Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture/ (Green Library Information Center  HQ75.13 .P76 2008)

Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema: Plots, Critiques, Casts and Credits for 272 Theatrical and Made-for-Television Hollywood Releases (Green Library Information Center PN1995.9.H55P37 1993) also includes an introduction to the subject and "A Brief History of Regulatory Codes in the American Film Industry." See also The Ultimate Guide to Lesbian and Gay Film and Video (Green Library Information Center PN1995.9.H55U48 1996), a catalog with a subject index and directory of distributors.

Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center HQ9.H846 1994) scholarly articles of varying lengths cover a wide range of topics connected to human sexuality. Includes bibliographies.

Sexuality and the Law: An Encyclopedia of Major Legal Cases (Green Library Information Center KF9325.A7L46 1993) "describes more than one hundred significant court decisions concerning sexuality." Many deal with gay/lesbian/bisexual issues.

Homosexuality and Religion: An Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center BL65 .H64 H63 2007)


"Gay and Lesbian Literature" in vol. 76, pp. 416-439 of Contemporary Literary Criticism (Green Library Stacks PN771.C58) gives an overview of the subject as well as a collection of writing on the subject by a wide variety of authors.

The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage: A Reader's Companion to the Writers and Their Works, from Antiquity to the Present (Green Library HASRC PN56 .H57 G365 2002) "provides overviews of the gay and lesbian presence in a variety of literatures and historical periods, in-depth essays on major gay and lesbian writers in world literature...."

Gay and Lesbian Literature, vol. 1 & 2 (Green Library Information Center PN56.H57.G36 1994) provides biographical information, lists of their works, lists of critical sources, and a signed critical essay on each author.

Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay Writing (Green Library Information Center HQ75.13 .G75 2002)

The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage: A Reader's Companion to the Writers and Their Works, From Antiquity to the Present (Green Library HASRC PN56 .H57 G365 2002)

Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio- Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Green Library Information Center & HASRC PS153.L46C65 1993) entries describe the lives and works of authors, with bibliographies. The introduction provides an important overview, while appendices list publishers and periodicals, and a bibliography covers lesbian issues.

Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Green Library Information & HASRC PS374.N63C66 1993) offers "biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on over fifty representative contemporary gay American novelists." The introduction provides an overview, while an appendix lists small presses and selected journals.

Latin American Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook (Green Library Information Center & HASRC PQ7081.3.F62 1994) entries describe the lives and works of authors, with lists of works and criticism. The introduction provides an overview.

Spanish Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes : A Bio-critical Sourcebook/ (HASRC-Lane Room  PQ6046 .S49 S66 1999) same focus as the one on Latin America but this one is  for Spain

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Literature: A Genre Guide. (Information Center Z1229 .G25 B67 2008)


Indexes (in paper and electronic formats) can help you identify articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and other resources. Those restricted to the Stanford community are marked with the icon. Choose the after a database name to see it's help. For other indexes see the Databases A-Z list.

GLBT Life with Full Text Stanford only "Full text content available in GLBT Life with Full Text includes The Advocate, Gay Parent Magazine, Girlfriends, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies, James White Review, ISNA News, Ladder, Lesbian Tide, New York Blade, ONE, TANGENTS, Washington Blade, and many more."

Lesbian Periodicals Index (Green Library Information Center HQ75.6.U5P68 1986) "an author subject guide to forty-two lesbian periodicals" many of which have ceased publication and "are now a part of the collective lesbian past."

Index to the Ladder, Volumes I-XVI, 1956-1972 (Green Library Stacks HQ75.L32 Index) part of the Arno reprint of the entire run of Ladder, a monthly periodical published in San Francisco by Daughters of Bilitis. Indexes are not cumulated.

An Index to The Advocate, The National Gay Newsmagazine, 1967- 1982 (Green Library Information Center HQ75.A38 suppl.) provides "access to all feature articles, news items, personal interviews, columns, reviews and portfolios published" from 1967 to 1982.

Alternative Press Index (1991+ available on the Web ; 1969-71; 1974+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7164.S66A5) indexes periodicals devoted to social change, including some gay/lesbian periodicals.

Alt-PressWatch provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press."

America: History and Life (1964+ on Web) covers U.S. and Canadian history.

Contemporary Women's Issues (1992+, full-text via the Web) reports, articles, and newsletters on issues affecting women.

Black Studies on Disc SUNet ID required. (1988+ ) contains the Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and 1988+ of the Index to Black Periodicals (see information on print holdings below.) Contains information on materials by and about African Americans, Africa and peoples of African ancestry.

Expanded Academic ASAP general index to over 1500 magazines with some fulltext. (1980+)

Family & Society Studies Worldwide (1970+) - part of BiblioLine. indexes and abstracts over a thousand journals, books, conference papers, government reports, etc., and includes all the records once published in the comprehensive Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature.

GenderWatch (1982+, full-text on Web) articles, newsletters, reports focused on women's issues.

Historical Abstracts (1954+ on Web) covers world history except U.S. & Canada.

Humanities Index (1974+; abstracts beginning in 1994 Green Library Information Center AI3.H8) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as area studies, folklore, history, language, literature, philosophy, religion & theology.

LexisNexis Academic - selected Lexis-Nexis files especially good for fulltext news, business, and law information. Limited to Stanford students, faculty, and staff.

PAIS International (1972+ on Web; 1915+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy.

PsycArticles Fulltext Search fulltext of articles in journals published by the American Psychological Association.

Psycinfo (1887+) indexes and abstracts books, periodicals and other literature in psychology. Also Available from OVID.

Sage Family Studies Abstracts (1981-2003 Green Library Information Center HQ546.S23; 1999+ on the Web )

Social Science Module from ProQuest - fulltext of journals in the social sciences.

Social Sciences Index, 1974+; abstracts beginning in 1994 Green Library Information Center AI3S62) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies.

Sociological Abstracts (1963+) (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) Indexes articles concerned spectrum of social behavior (individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and societies). Covers sociology and related disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, law, social psychology, urban studies, race relations, demography, and education.

Women Studies Abstracts (1972+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7962/W65; 1984+ also in Women's Studies International on the Web ) indexes feminist and scholarly books and periodicals.

Women's Studies Index (1989+ shelved at Green Library Information Center HQ1180.W68; also on Web as Women's Studies on Disc) indexes a wide range of periodicals.

An Index to Women's Studies Anthologies: Research Across the Disciplines, 1980-1984 (Green Library Information Center HQ1180.B76 1994) indexes collections of articles on women's studies written between 1980 and 1984.

Special Collections

See the Special Collections list of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Gender Studies: Special Collections by Subject

Other collections in the Special Collections Archive include:

Flounders Gay Fiction Collection (3000+ titles). Search Socrates for Title: Flounders Gay Fiction Collection

Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection (126 titles). Search Socrates for Title: Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection

Spain, Gay Ephemera (9 Boxes). Search Socrates for Title: Spain Gay Ephemera

AIDS Posters (from all over the world) Special Collections Manuscript Collection: MSS PRINTS 0152

Selected Periodicals

Bound volumes are shelved in the Green Library Stacks with the books.

GLBT Life with Full Text Stanford only "Full text content available in GLBT Life with Full Text includes The Advocate, Gay Parent Magazine, Girlfriends, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies, James White Review, ISNA News, Ladder, Lesbian Tide, New York Blade, ONE, TANGENTS, Washington Blade, and many more."

San Francisco Bay Area Gay and Lesbian Serials: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection (Green Library Information Center HQ76.3.U5W35 1991) aims to "provide access to the first forty years of the gay and lesbian press in Northern California." The microfilm set is in Media-Microtext (lower level Green Library) MFILM N.S. 12536.

The Ladder, 1956-1972 (Green Library Stacks HQ75.L32) a monthly periodical published in San Francisco by Daughters of Bilitis. Includes indexes in the final volume.

Conditions, 1977-1990 (Green Library Stacks PS508.W7C58) "A Feminist Magazine of Writing by Women with an Emphasis on Writing by Lesbians."


Current issues of the following are located in Current Periodicals (Green Library Information Center), except when another location is indicated.

Advocate, 1977+ (MFILM N.S. 3853) "Newspaper of America's homophile community."

Bay Area Reporter: BAR (Latest 2 years only in newspaper collection of the Information Center)

Christopher Street, 1992-1995 (Green Library Stacks HQ75.C48) an international gay and lesbian magazine.

Common Lives, Lesbian Lives, 1981-1995 (Green Library Stacks HQ75.5.C73) "A Lesbian Feminist Quarterly."

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 1993+ (Green Library Stacks HQ75.G56)

Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, 1996+ (Green Library Stacks HQ1.J6) "a progressive, interdisciplinary journal devoted to the exchange of the latest knowledge and ideas about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals."

Lesbian Contradiction: A Journal of Irreverent Feminism, 1982+ (Green Library Stacks HQ75.5.L47) "A sponsored project of San Francisco Women's Centers."

Lesbian Ethics, 1986+ (Green Library Stacks HQ75.5.L42)

Lesbian Review of Books, 1994+ (Green Library Stacks PS153.L46L47; latest in HASRC) "An International Quarterly Review of Books, By, For, and About Lesbians."

Matrices : A Lesbian-Feminist Research Newsletter

QV Magazine (Gay Latinos) (Green Library Stacks HQ75 .Q96)

Trikone (LBGT South Asians) (Green Library Stacks HQ75 .T75)

This is but a sampling of what is available at Stanford. To find others, search Socrates using the "Combined Search" screen

  • select format serials
  • Under subject type:
    homosexual and periodicals
    gay and periodicals
    lesbian and periodicals
    bisexual and periodicals


Gayellow Pages: The National Edition, 1989+ latest in Information Center HQ75.G28; earlier in Stacks.

Words to the Wise: Writers Guide to Feminist and Lesbian Periodicals and Publishers (Green Library Information Center Z286.F45C55 1993)

Media Resources

Green Library Media-Microtext (lower level) has records, CDs, films, videotapes, slides, and interactive video for use in the library. To search for films, do a combined search, limit format to Films/Visual and search keywords: gays or lesbians or homsexuality.

Other Stanford Libraries

In addition to the resources in Green Library, you may well want to use the resources of other libraries on campus, especially

Internet Resources

You can use the Internet to reach a wide array of information resources. The following is merely a sampling of what is available.

For others see Internet Resources: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender.

Last modified: January 8, 2009