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LGBT Studies

Research guide to LGBT Studies

Always think about different  ways to say the same thing.  Start with keywords to describe your topic, within results, look at the abstract and subject headings to identify additional keywords to use.

Search Strategies:

Start with keywords 
Place phrases in quotes
"marriage equality"
"gay marriage"
"gender role"
"gender identity"
"don't ask don't tell"
"mental health"
"coming out"

Place an * at the end of the word to retrieve all the variations
role* = role or roles
feminis* = feminism or feminist or feminists
sex* = sex or sexes or sexuality 
homosexual* = homosexual or homosexuals or homosexuality
college* = college or colleges
universit* = university or universities
asexual* = asexual or asexuality

combine word/s using connectors.

OR: either term/s are included (to connect synonyms or like concepts)

"gender role" or "gender identity"
gay or homosexual* or lgbt or lesbian* or transgender
law or legislation
intersex or intergender
college* or universit*

Graphic showing the boolean connector OR using a venn diagram


AND: all terms must be included (to connect concepts) 
"lgbt adoption" and law
homosexual* and "civil right*"

 Graphic showing the boolean connector AND using a venn diagram


  Put it all together:
(lgbt or gay or lesbian* or homosexual*) and adoption and (law or legislation)
transgender and (university or college*) and (housing or dorm*)


Within databases, limit to scholarly journals 
Ebsco - either Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journals or Academic Journals

Screenshot of the search results in the Ebscohost databases and limiting to scholarly journals