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Starting points for research in Gender Studies.

New Titles in Collins Library!

Listed here are just a few of the books that were added recently to the Collins Library collection. Search Primo Search to find many more titles available through the library.

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Call Numbers to Browse

If you're interested in a broad topic in Gender Studies, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:

  • HQ 1-2044 The Family. Marriage. Women
    • HQ 12-449  Sexual life
      • HQ 19-30.7 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
      • HQ 74-74.2 Bisexuality
      • HQ 75-76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
      • HQ 77.7-77.95 Transexualism
    • HQ 801-801.83 Man-woman relationships
    • HQ 1075-1075.5 Sex role
    • HQ 1088-1090.7 Men
    • HQ 1101-2030.7 Women. Feminism

For more literature-oriented books at Collins Library, you can find some of them in the PS 153 ranges, which focus on the literature of specific groups, including:

  • PS 153 .G38 American literature -- Gay literature
  • PS 153 .S39 American literature -- LGBT literature


Locations of books

  • New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

Books in Primo are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings. In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related.

Subject headings tend to lag behind terminology used today, meaning some subject headings may be outdated or considered incorrect. Below are several examples of subject headings that will be useful when searching for books related to Gender & Queer Studies. 

See QueerLCSH for a comprehensive list of Library of Congress subject headings. Keep in mind other databases may use different subject terms.

Asexual people
Gay couples
Gay men
Gender identity
Gender minorities
Intersex people

Queer theory
Same-sex marriage
Sexual minorities
Sexual orientation
Transgender people


E-books in Collins Library are fully integrated into Primo Search! 

Consult the e-books guide to find out more about finding and using our growing e-book collection.

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian
Schedule an appointment
tel: (253) 879-3672
office: Collins Library 140

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