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LGBTQ+ Studies: Articles

Skyline College Library Databases

Before searching for articles on a topic, you should prepare for your search by:

  • developing a clear, specific research topic or research question, and
  • dividing the research topic in "concepts" (different subtopics or elements)

For example, a specific research question might be:

What is the effect of recent legislation on the rights of transgender students?

This research question can be divided into "concepts":

1. law* OR legislation OR legal*

2. rights OR "civil rights" OR "human rights" OR justice

3. transgender*

4. student*

Now you're ready to combine all your concepts in OneSearch:

OneSearch (To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)

Search most of Skyline Library's article databases and book catalog to find a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library.

Click on the link above to open a new database window

To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search below the Search box.

In each search box, type the search word(s) for a separate concept.
Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept.
Use an * to search for multiple words from the same root, e.g. legal* will find articles with the words: legal, legalize, legally
Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g.
“human rights”

For example:

law* OR legislation OR legal* 

rights OR "civil rights" OR "human rights" OR justice

Skyline College Library Databases

JSTOR -  to access from off-campus use your Canvas login and password
Back issues of important academic journals, including many historical journals (no current issues) going back to 1838. Best for in-depth academic journal articles on all historical topics except recent history and articles published within the last 3 – 5 years.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context to access from off-campus use your Canvas login and password

Database of viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles on social issues.

  • Click on the list (at right) of many social issues to choose from or search for a specific topic not on the list.
  • After clicking on a social issue or doing a search, you will see links to "Viewpoint essays" on that issue.
  • Additional documents on the issue-- including Reference articles, Statistics, Magazine articles, Primary documents and more-- are available by clicking on the appropriate tabs at the top of the page.

Gale PowerSearch databases - to access from off-campus use your Canvas login and password
Articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources

Google Scholar

You can search Google Scholar for scholarly articles:

For example: 

law* OR legislation OR legal* rights OR "civil rights" OR "human rights" OR justice transgender* student* 

About Google Scholar:

  • Google’s academic search engine accesses a wide range of academic articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, and universities. 
  • The majority of sources retrieved by Google Scholar are usually abstracts (summaries) of articles, which do not provide the full-text of the article (or a significant charge is required for the full article).
Google Scholar Search