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LGBTQ Resources: Books and keywords


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Remember: With your CCP ID card, students, faculty, and staff can take home up to 8 books for 3 weeks at a time, for free.

...There are plenty more books where these came from. Explore our catalog today to find the perfect book for you.


Not sure where to start? Look for keywords that interest you in this tag cloud, and then use those words to start doing your own searching and researching in the library catalog, the databases, or the regular Internet (Google, Bing, etc.).

This is just the beginning; there are endless words that could be added to this cloud. It all depends on your individual interests and what you're writing about! 

Pro Tips: use quotation marks whenever you're searching for a phrase longer than one word (ex., "queer theory").

Use the words "and" "but" and "or" wisely (searching for "transgender AND history" will give you different results than searching for "transgender OR history". Think about what the differences are and choose the right combination for you).



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      What does "cisgender" mean?

      Cisgender: "describes someone who feels comfortable with the gender identity and gender expression expectations assigned to them based on their physical sex."

      Discover this word and many more in this Glossary of LGBT Terminology from UCLA. 

      NOTE: "Each of these definitions has been carefully researched and closely analyzed from theoretical and practical perspectives for cultural sensitivity, common usage, and general appropriateness. We have done our best to represent the most popular uses of the terms listed; however there may be some variation in definitions depending on location. Please note that each person who uses any or all of these terms does so in a unique way (especially terms that are used in the context of an identity label). 

      If you do not understand the context in which a person is using one of these terms, it is always appropriate to ask. This is especially recommended when using terms that we have noted that can have a derogatory connotation."

      Reference Books

      Reference books are books that usually contain brief and credible information about a specific person, place, or time period. They are meant to be read by looking up a specific entry, rather than read from beginning to end. A good example of a reference book is an encyclopedia. 

      These are a few reference books we have in the library that relate to LGBTQ topics. Remember: you can't take it with you! Reference books can't be borrowed; you have to use them inside the library.

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