New! The Library offers “LGBTQ+ Source,” the Definitive Database for LGBTQ+ Studies

It was fifty-one years ago, on June 28, 1969, that police raiding Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn met fierce resistance from the bar’s LGBTQ patrons, sparking the Gay Liberation movement and establishing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. Now, on June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

At this moment in history, learn more about how society’s views of LGBTQ culture and Gay rights have evolved over the last 50 years, how they haven’t, and why the struggle continues by visiting the Library’s new online resource LGBTQ+ Source — the definitive database for LBGTQ+ studies!

Go to the Database A-Z browsing list under “Research” on the Library homepage, log on to LGBTQ+ Source with NetBadge, and at the EBSCO search screen type keywords to get hits from a lot of different sources; or click the menu items “Publications,” “Thesaurus,” “Cited References,” “Images,” or “Indexes” the top of the page to narrow your search.

The LGBTQ+ Source database gives access to:

  • Thousands of articles in more than 140 full-text journals
  • Nearly 160 full-text books and reference materials
  • More than 260 abstracted and indexed journals
  • More than 350 abstracted and indexed books and reference works
  • An LGBTQ+ thesaurus containing nearly 10,000 terms

You’ll find both scholarly and popular LGBTQ+ publications in full text, including historically important primary source monographs, magazines, and newspapers.

Making a keyword search of the term “pronouns,” for instance, brings up an article, “This is What Non-Binary Looks Like” by Danielle Mustarde (“Diva,” March 2020, p.26-28), offering useful basic information on the lives of non-binary people, including rules for the correct use of pronouns.

“Non-binary people can use a range of pronouns, including the most common ones ‘he’ and ‘she’. However, they may be more likely to use gender-neutral pronouns such as the singular “they” and “their” to reflect that they don’t identify as either male or female. Other gender-neutral pronouns include ‘zie’ and ‘hir’, which are used less often and mostly online. If a person tells you they are non-binary, it is perfectly polite to ask them what pronouns they would like you to use, such as asking directly: ‘Excuse me, but which pronouns do you use?’ Once someone has let you know their pronouns, it is really important to try and get them right as much as possible.”

LGBTQ+ Source is just one of the online resources offered by the Library. Please check out our list of new online resources. It’s updated daily!

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