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Gender and Communication Studies Librarian
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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).