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LGBTQ+: Finding Books & Videos

Literature written by and for the Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual,Transgender and Questioning communities.

Finding LGBTQ books and Videos here in MacPhaidin Library.

Use HillSearch to find articles and books all in one place:
Hillsearch finds books and articles based on the Keywords you type in. The Keywords may come from the title, table of contents, notes and subject heading.
Below is a list of commonly used search terms related to LGBTQ topics. For more specific results, try using them in combination with other words.  For example: Gay AND College students.
bisexual    gay men     homosexuality      lesbian     sexual orientation      transgender   queer    coming out  gay literature   same-sex marriage  transexuals homosexuality and ar

Hillsearch allows you to narrow your search by using "Facets".  Once you complete a search, you will see a list of links along the left-hand side of your search results.  To limit your results to a location in the library, a particular format or language, choose the corresponding facet.  
The "Print" FORMAT indicates it is a physical book.
The "DVDS & Videos" FORMAT are either DVDs or VHS films.
More information about using HillSearch is available HERE.

Finding LGBTQ literature

Every library has a limited amount of resources to spend purchasing books.  If you are looking for additional LGBTQ titles, a good place to start is the list of classics from the Publishing Triangle .

A list of major awards  given for gay and lesbian literature, are included in the Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association's (ALA) Stonewall Book Awards.  You shouldn't neglect the regular book review channels such as the New York Times and the New Yorker. Both of these publications can be accessed by using the library's resources listed below.

Other Internet resources for LGBTQ titles:

 Over the Rainbow Books  a list produced by the American Library Association that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic lgbtq content and are recommended for adults over age 18.

 Rainbow Book List  list is produced by the American Library Association every year and lists fiction and nonfiction titles aimed at a young adult audience that deal with GLBTQ themes.  On the website you can find lists of the current and previous selections.  Links to additional booklists and organizations can also be found on the site. 

ForeWord Reviews lists great books and independent voices providing book reviews from independent publishers. 

Browse the Shelves in MacPhaidin Library.

The library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize books in the stacks by subject. This means that it is easy to browse the stacks once you know the subject heading and call number associated with your topic.

In MacPhaidin Library, call numbers A-HF are located on the 2nd floor & HG-Z are located on the 3rd floor. All Leisure Reading books are on the 1st floor opposite Ace's Cafe.

Browse the shelves by Subject Area Call Number
Sexual life    HQ12-HQ449
Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality HQ19-30.7
Bisexuality HQ74-74.2
Homosexuality. Lesbianism HQ75-76.8
Transvestism HQ77-77.2
Transexualism HQ77.7-77.95

Google Books

Google Books can be used to search the full text of books from title to index. You can search for certain phases in a book, search the index and get a preview of the book's content. If you find a relevant book you can download a complete book if it is in the public domain.  You can purchase books to be loaded on to an iPhone, iPad, or other device. You can also request books that are relevant to your research by using the library's interlibrary loan system, Illiad.

Full View: You can access the complete work if it is out of copyright or if the author or publisher has allowed the book to be available in a fully viewable format. You can view any page and if the book is in the public domain you can download, save or print a PDF version. You can search the content of the book.

Limited Preview:  A limited number of pages from the book will be available for viewing and content searching is allowed.

Snippet View: Just a few sentences to display your search term in context of the book. Publishing information is available at this level.

No Preview Available: Just the basic bibliographic information about the book will be displayed.

Google Book Search

Borrow Items from Interlibrary Loan

If Stonehill does not own the book, book chapter, or article you need, you can order it through our Interlibrary Loan Department. Please visit the Interlibrary Loan page on the library website to order materials or sign up for an account. Need help with a request or your Interlibrary Loan account? Contact Due to the possibility of mail delays, please order your items as soon as possible.

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