When organizing library catalogs, many libraries use Library of Congress Subject Headings. Many databases also use these or similar subject headings. Searching by these subject headings can simplify and enhance your search. Suggested subject headings are included with each database. Be sure and check your database’s Thesaurus or Subject Terms for other suggestions. Click here for a complete list of GLBT-related subject headings.
- Use “quotation marks” to search for exact phrases
- 2 word queries (such as gay lawyers ) are searched as an exact phrase by default.
- 3 word queries (such as Stonewall Inn Riots ) are searched as words that need to appear in proximity to each other by default.
For example, searching for bisexual* will find “bisexual”, “bisexuals”, “bisexuality”, etc.
? cannot be used to begin a word.
For example, searching for wom?n will find “wom a n” and “wom e n.”
Example: transgender AND athletics
Example: transgender AND NOT coaches
Example: transgender OR transsexual