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Queer Studies/LGBTQA

Subject Headings & Keywords & AND/OR/NOT

Subject Terms and/or Headings are terms that are used to describe the content of an item. Searching by subject will bring you materials that are explicitly about that topic. You can use subject terms to view items that have also been "tagged" as being about a particular topic. Keep in mind, that subject terms and/or headings  are pre-selected. When you're starting your research try using both broad and specific terms - this will help you discover different subjects that you can also search by.


Suggested Subject Headings for LGTBQA/Queer Studies:

The following gives a brief overview of some related subject terms/headings that may be helpful in your research. Please note that this list is not finite, and that subject headings do not always reflect more commonly used terminology.


A Keyword Search will search for any time a word or phrase is mentioned in the description and/or record of an item. This can sometimes give you search results that are not relevant to your general research question. Starting your research with a keyword search can help you find more relevant subject terms, which can help you narrow (or expand) your search results.

Searching in the library catalog or in one of the library's databases can be a little bit different than searching in Google. You may need to do a keyword search using connecting words called Boolean Operators

Using AND, OR, or NOT  to combine your search terms, search for similar terms, or exclude terms can help you discover more relevant information on your topic:

Use "AND" to combine terms:  

(Gender Identity AND Homosexuality)

Use "OR" to use similar terms:  

(Sexual Orientation OR Homosexuality)

Use "NOT" to use exclude terms:  

(Heterosexuality NOT Homophobia)

Additional Resources

ILLiad is a system that libraries use to manage borrowing and lending among libraries. Through ILLiad, the Pace Community can borrow items from libraries worldwide.

For more information on signing up for Interlibrary Loan, requesting books through ILLiad, and more, check out the following link: