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SSI2-117: Coming Out! The Gay Liberation Movement: Books & More

Using Primo

Primo is a library search tool for finding materials in the Collins Library and Summit libraries.  You can search for books, selected articles and more in a single search box.

Tip:  Start your search with a title from the bibliography of an entry in a subject encyclopedia, and then use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) under "item details" to find more books on the topic!

Search Primo

General Primo Search Tips

  • Use the pull-down scoping options to search Collins, Summit and Articles OR Collins and Summit, OR just Collins.
  • Use quotes to search for "exact titles".
  • Use the filters on the right side to quickly narrow your search.
  • Sign in with your Puget Sound username and password to gain access to online resources and request items from other libraries.

Featured Books

A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.

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Subject headings tend to lag behind terminology used today, meaning some subject headings may be outdated or considered incorrect. See QueerLCSH for a comprehensive list of Library of Congress subject headings. Keep in mind other databases may use other subject terms.

Here are several examples of the various ways you can use LCSH to help pinpoint what you need:

Gays -- United States

Gays -- United States -- History

Homosexuality -- United States -- History

Gay rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century

Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History

Gays -- Political activity -- United States

Lesbians -- Political activity -- United States

Stonewall Riots, New York, N.Y., 1969

What does the colored text next to my search results mean?

The colored text lets you know the availability of an item.

  • Green text = item is available at Collins Library.  Click on the title, then the "Get It" tab or "View It" tab (left side).
  • Yellow text = item is available at a Summit library. Use the "Get It" tab to submit a Summit request.
  • Gray text = item is not available at Collins Library. If it is a book, you can submit a Summit request. If the item is an article, it is not available full-text. Submit an interlibrary loan request.

Reading a Call Number

Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.


Book record example

  • Start with the top line. It is in alphabetical order. Ex. HQ
  • The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 76.8
  • The third line is  a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg. Y.23, Y.34, Y.344, Y.4, etc. Ex. .U5 D 69 (*Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.)
  • The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order. Ex. 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015, etc. Ex. 2016

Use the library location chart and map to find where the book is located.

Featured Media

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

If you can't find Katy, remember there are several ways to get help with your research

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