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Gender and Sexuality Studies

This guide supports teaching and research in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Using Reference Resources

Reference sources are a great starting point for starting research on a new topic because they provide general information on a topic. They often include the following types of information to help you get started:

  • Get an overview of a new or complex topic
  • Find out the names of key players in a given area
  • Locate terms that you can use in your research
  • Help narrow (or expand) your topic
  • Locate a bibliography of sources to help you start your research

Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other sources like them. Some reference sources for gender and sexuality-related topics are listed below.

Discipline-specific Reference Sources


Language changes! The ways people describe themselves over time changes, and organizing information and knowledge is challenging and labor-intensive. Sometimes, we might think a descriptive term is ubiquitous over time, but historically, a different term was used to self-describe or to organize information.

General Reference Sources