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LGBTQ+ Studies

An introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies resources at UMSL Libraries and on the web.


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The library's main search tool for books, articles, and more. Use this tool to find both print and e-books available at UMSL.

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Option 1: Keyword Search

  1. Type in your search terms
  2. Click "Search"
  3. Under "Limit By Source Type" (on the left side of the screen), select Books or eBooks (you can select both). Some eBooks may show up in the Books category due to the way they are cataloged.

Option 2: Title or Author Search

  1. Type the title or author's name into the search bar
  2. Select either "Title" or "Author" from the drop-down menu to the right of the search bar
  3. Click "Search"
  4. Under "Limit By Source Type" (on the left side of the screen), select Books or eBooks (you can select both). Some eBooks may show up in the Books category due to the way they are cataloged.

Option 3Advanced Search

  1. Select the Advanced Search option (underneath the Search Bar)
  2. Use the search bar(s) to type in your terms
  3. In the Select a Field drop-down menus, select what type of search you would like to run.
    • Useful options for book searches include Title, Author, Subject Terms, or ISBN
  4. Adjust other limiters if needed
  5. Click "Search"


A consortium of academic, research, and public libraries that work together to share materials. It is free for you to request MOBIUS books! They will be sent to the Thomas Jefferson Library front desk for pickup.

  1. Type in your search terms
  2. Click the gray right-facing arrow
  3. Search results will already contain mostly books. To limit further, use the Format limiter on the left side of the screen and select Book/Journal or eBooks

Note: You can only request books that other libraries in MOBIUS have in print.

Finding a Book on the Shelf

Finding a Book Using the Online Record


Print books are organized using the Library of Congress system.  For example:

Law and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams's America / Jacqueline O'Connor. Library Floor: UMSL TJL General Collection Level 4. Call No.: PS3545.I5365 Z7954 2016


  • Location tells us the book is on Level 4 (the main floor is Level 3).
  • Call # helps us find the book on the shelf.  Books are first organized alphabetically, so look for the section with books labelled PS.  Then, use the following numbers and letters to search numerically and alphabetically for the right book.  The book may or may not have a publication year at the end.
  • Status tells us the book is currently available for checkout.

Other books nearby on the shelf will also be about the same or similar topics!  Use this information to browse for books you may not have found in the online catalog.

Can't find it on the shelf?  Check with the front desk!

Browsing the Stacks


Our library is organized using the Library of Congress classification system. Books about similar topics are grouped together. We recommend using the Discover@UMSL search if you are looking for a specific topic. Print books will include the call # in the record.

If you prefer to browse the shelf, we recommend visiting one of the sections below. LGBTQ+ Studies is a highly interdisciplinary field, so you may want to visit multiple areas. Some of our LGBTQ+ materials may be in additional sections besides the ones mentioned below.

A note: Many Library of Congress subject headings reflect outdated terminology.


Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

BF: Psychology

  • BF692 - 692.5: Psychology of Sex. Sexual behavior

Social Sciences

HQ: The family. Marriage. Women

  • HQ12 - 449: Sexual life
    • HQ19 - 30.7: Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
    • HQ31 - 64: Sex instruction and sexual ethics
    • HQ71 - 72: Sexual deviations
    • HQ74 - 74.2: Bisexuality
    • HQ75 - 76.8: Homosexuality. Lesbianism
    • HQ77 - 77.2: Transvestism
    • HQ77.7 - 77.95: Transsexualism
  • HQ503 - 1064: The family. Marriage. Home
    • HQ1001 - 1006: The state and marriage
    • HQ1051 - 1057: The church and marriage
  • HQ1075 - 1075.5: Sex role

HV1 - 9960: Social pathology. Social and public welfare

  • HV697 - 4959: Protection, assistance and relief
    • HV1449: Gay men. Lesbians