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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.

What's a monograph?

Scholars produce writing in several different genres, including entries in specialized subject encyclopedias; edited and annotated volumes of primary sources; surveys or textbooks; articles published in scholarly journals; articles aimed at a general audience that are published in popular venues such as magazines or blogs; scholarly essays published as part of a digital humanities project; and monographs.

A scholarly monograph:

  • Is a one-volume work.
  • Gives in-depth treatment to a specialized subject.
  • Is written by a scholar in the field.
  • Is written mainly for an academic audience.
  • Includes the "scholarly apparatus" of footnotes or in-text citations and a bibliography that contains both primary and secondary sources.
  • Typically is published by a university press or other academic publisher (such as Ashgate, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Wiley.)

Primo is the best tool to use when searching for monographs.  When you see a title that might be relevant to your research, be sure to click on the "item details" tab in the catalog record to find out more information about it. 

Practice: Evaluating Monographs

It is not usually necessary to read a book from cover to cover to engage with the author's argument - instead, you may focus on a particular chapter or use the index to find parts most relevant to your needs.

When evaluating a monograph, it is often useful to begin with the introduction and conclusion to find a summary of the book's argument and findings, or an explanation of how the author's work fits within relevant scholarly debates. Focus on identifying the main lines of argument throughout each section or chapter and look out for key pieces of evidence the author uses to support their claims.

In this activity, you will work in pairs to evaluate a scholarly monograph and record your notes on this Google spreadsheet: "Gutting" a Monograph

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

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.

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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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