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Gender and Sexuality Studies

This guide provides an overview of gender and sexuality studies resources and materials available through NYU Libraries and beyond.

Find Background Info in Reference Sources

Reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks provide background information on a topic. They are especially useful at the beginning of a research project because they can help you:

  • get a broad overview of a topic
  • map the field
  • gather fast facts
  • define terms, theories, and people in an area
  • focus your argument
  • find further readings written by experts in the field

Use Subject Headings to Discover Reference Sources in the Catalog

To find reference works (e.g., encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks) related to gender and sexuality studies both in print and online, search our online catalog using the following subject headings (listed alphabetically):
Subject Headings A-H Subject Headings I-Z
  • African American gay men
  • African American lesbians
  • African American transgender people
  • Asexual people
  • Bisexuals
  • Cisgender people
  • Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Gay couples
  • Gay culture
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gay men 
  • Gays
  • Gender
  • Gender expression
  • Gender nonconformity
  • Gender-nonconforming people
  • Feminism
  • Gender identity
  • Heterosexuals
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • Intersectionality (Sociology)
  • Intersex people
  • Lesbian couples
  • Lesbian culture
  • Lesbian feminism
  • Lesbian feminist theory
  • Lesbians 
  • Masculinity 
  • Men's Studies
  • Queer theory
  • Sex
  • Sexology
  • Sex role 
  • Sex workers
  • Sexual minority community
  • Transgender men
  • Transgender people
  • Transgender women
  • Transphobia
  • Transsexuals
  • Women
  • Women's Studies

Online Reference Sources

Online Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Here is a select list of relevant bibliographies from Oxford Bibliographies Online, which list core works on a topic in a given discipline.