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*Queer Studies

This guide introduces queer studies information resources to OSU students, faculty, and staff. Originally created by Bridgette Garcia.

Full Text and Search Tips

If the full-text of the article or book chapter does not appear in the database, click the 360 Link to Full Text buttonto determine if OSU has a  copy. If we don't, request it from InterLibrary Loan (Free!).

Search Tips! Use an asterik * at then end of a word to search for all variations at the same time: transfeminism* finds transfeminism and transfeminisms, etc. Use quotes around a phrase to refine and focus your results: "gender affirming".

Multidisciplinary Databases and Search Engines

Subject Focused Databases

Sometimes it's helpful to search a focused database and expand from there. Here are several to try. 

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great place to scan across a lot of sources at once, but if it doesn't know that you have rights to access online articles from another library institution, such as OSU Libraries, it may ask you to pay for the article you want.

Avoid this by setting your Google Scholar Preferences to show you the free available resources that the library provides for the OSU community.

Find Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

How Can I Tell if a Journal is Peer Reviewed?

A journal that is peer reviewed is one that has gone through an editorial process where its articles have been evaluated for scholarly, authoritative, current information.

There are several ways to determine if a particular journal is peer reviewed:

1. If you’re searching for articles in certain interfaces (EBSCO, ProQuest, etc.), you can limit your search to peer-reviewed sources simply by selecting a tab or checking a box on the search screen.

2. If you’re looking at the journal itself, look at the editorial statement or instructions to authors (usually in the first few pages of the journal or at the end) for references to the peer-review process.

3. Most scholarly journals have a website and will clearly state if it is peer reviewed. Go directly to the journal's webpage (do a Google search to find it or try a search via JournalSeek) and search through its homepage, manuscript submission page or 'about' page. Information about peer review will likely be found within one of these sections.

Additional Tips

  • Check out these suggestions for determining if your journal article is scholarly.
  • Contact your librarian if you need assistance in finding an article or starting your research via Ask a Librarian

Search Tips for Finding Books

Topics in Queer Studies appear throughout the collection. Besides searching by keyword, you can search for books in the catalog by using the subject headings assigned to them.

Listed below are some subject headings associated with queer studies in order to get you started:

  • Gays & Lesbians
  • Gender identity
  • Gender nonconformity
  • LGBT
  • Queer
  • Queer Theory
  • Queer Theology
  • Sexual Minority Community
  • Transgender people

Additional Tips

  • Click the call number to view books shelved near that number
  • Click the subjects to see more books on that subject (sometimes labeled L.C. for Library of Congress Subject Headings)
  • Check out these suggestions for determining if your book is scholarly.
  • Contact your librarian for assistance in finding specific books or starting your research via Ask a Librarian