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Queer Studies

Library of Congress Subject Headings

All books and audio-visual materials in the library are given at least one authorized Library of Congress Subject Heading. Some key examples are listed below.  Click on these headings to go to a list in the library's catalogue


Bisexuals - (can subdivide viz. aspects, geographies, etc.)

Gay rights

Gays -- (can subdivide viz. aspects, geographies, etc.)

Heterosexism [see also Homophobia]


Homosexuality in motion pictures

Homosexuality in literature

Homosexuality in music

Indian Gays 

Indian lesbians

Indians of North America - Sexual behavior

Lesbians -- (can subdivide viz. aspects, geographies, etc.)

Native peoples - Sexual behavior

Sexual orientation

‚ÄčQueer theory

Transgender people -- (can subdivide viz. aspects, geographies, etc.)



Transsexuals -- (can subdivide viz. aspects, geographies, etc.)


See also John DeSantis' complete list of Queer Subject Headings . The Library will not necessarily have material relating to all of the subject headings provided in this list, but the subject headings can be helpful in determining what search terms to use when looking for material in the Library's catalogue or in a journal database.

Queer Studies Across the Disciplines (Library of Congress Call Numbers)

BR 115 H6 - LGBTQ+ people and faith
E 98 S48 - Two Spirited people
HQ 73 – Sexual minorities
HQ 74 -Bisexuality
HQ 75 –Queer studies
HQ 76 –History of homosexuality
HQ 77 –Transvestism and transgender
PN 1995.9 H55 - Queer cinema
PS 509 H57 - Queer literature
RC 451.4 G39 - Gay and lesbian health
RC 560 - Sexual and psychosocial conditions
UB 418 G38 - LGBTQ+ people in the military

Search the Entire Collection

While the items you'll find in the Reference Collection can be a terrific place to start your research, more detailed information can be found in the Library's print and eBook collections.  The search box found here is the same as the one on the Library's main page - it can search for books and other material here at the UWinnipeg Library, at libraries in Winnipeg, at libraries across Canada, or even libraries around the world.


Search Tips


Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.

Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n

Boolean Operators

Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.

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Field limits

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Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

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