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LGBT Studies: Books & Biographies

Guide to library resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Subject Headings

When looking for books, videos, and other materials in the catalog or in WorldCat, searching by subject headings can help.


To find books, videos, and other materials in the catalog or in WorldCat, try entering the following search terms. The asterisks are wildcards that search for different word forms (e.g. homosexual, homosexuals, homosexuality).

  • gay*
  • lesbian*
  • bisexual*
  • transgender*
  • homosexual*
  • coming out
  • queer
  • queer studies
  • queer theory
  • gay rights
  • gay liberation
  • asexual*
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • same-sex marriage

InterLibrary Loan

Use InterLibrary Loan and Document Delivery services to request articles, books, media, and more from other libraries when ECU libraries do not have what you need.





Browsing for Books: Call Numbers

If you want to browse the library's shelves, books at Joyner Library are organized by the Library of Congress classification system. The majority of books on LGBT topics are shevled under H, which is for the Social Sciences. See especially the following sections.

  • Bisexuality, HQ74 
  • Homosexuality (gay and lesbian), HQ75 - HQ76 
  • Transsexualism, HQ77
  • Gay men/lesbians, HV1449

Books relating to LGBT persons and issues also may be shelved under the larger topic. Examples include the following sections.

  • Christianity, BR115.H6 
  • Education, LC2574-2576 
  • Law & legislation, KF4754.5 
  • Art, N72.H64
  • Military service,  UB418.G38

Ask a librarian if you need help locating books on your topic. 

Try OneSearch!

One Search is a great place to start your research. It allows you to simultaneously search through a variety of databases and the ECU Libraries' catalog.

One Search for articles, books, and other resources from the ECU Libraries' collection.

Search the Library Catalog

The library catalog is where you can search for books, videos, DVD's, etc.



Biography - Books

Biography Databases

Search these databases to find biographical information about individuals.