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Gender and Communication Studies Librarian
MSU Libraries' COVID-19 Response: Student Support
1. What are you interested in researching for your WS 304 project?
2. What strategies are you using for finding sources?
3. How can the library help?
4. What questions do you have about your WS 304 project?
How do reference sources help with finding information?
Reference sources can help you:
- Explore a topic: find out what has been said about this subject, trends, issues, etc.
- Identify and define unfamiliar terms or people in your reading
- Find references to other books and articles on the subject
- Find specific keywords to use in online searches
Selected reference sources
Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources
"(Focuses) on leading social issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Each title contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."
LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
This three-volume encyclopedia provides background information on subjects ranging from the history of advertising and marketing to LGBT people, to anti-LGBT hate crimes (among many other topics). Includes a chronology of key events in U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. Also available in print in Main Library Reference (HQ76.3.U5 E53 2004).