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This guide suggests useful resources for studying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer h(i/er)story and culture, with an emphasis on materials available through Western Libraries and/or online. It is not exhaustive and many of the resources listed are local or regional in focus. Contact Western Libraries Research Desk or Heritage Resources' staff if you need assistance finding more information.

Web Resources and Bibliographies


More Campus Connections

Additional resources are available to WWU students through the Associated Students' Queer Resource Center.

WWU offers a variety of courses and an interdisciplinary minor program in Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) studies. Check out the WWU Course Catalog for more information.  


Resources from the Western Libraries' Catalog

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society [electronic resource]
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2009

Gender issues and sexuality: essential primary sources
Call Number: Available at Western Library Reference HQ21.G359 2007
Publication Date: 2006
Sex -- Social aspects -- History -- Sources; Sex role -- History -- Sources; Sexual orientation -- History -- Sources; Gender identity -- History -- Sources; Sex customs -- History -- Sources

Labyrinth - Women's Center
Publication Date: 1977 - current
Available at Non-Library Collections AS Sexual Awareness Center (Viking Union 518) HQ1101 .L3

Northwest Passage
Alternative newspaper published in Bellingham and later, Seattle, Washington, circa 1969-1986. Additional copies available at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

Same-sex affairs: constructing and controlling homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest - Boag, Peter
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection HQ76.2.N67 B63 2003
At the turn of the twentieth century, two distinct, yet at times overlapping, male same-sex sexual subcultures had emerged in the Pacific Northwest: one among the men and boys who toiled in the region's logging, fishing, mining, farming, and railroad-building industries the other among the young urban white-collar workers of the emerging corporate order. Boag draws on police logs, court records, and newspaper accounts to create a vivid picture of the lives of these men and youths--their sexual practices, cultural networks, cross-class relations, variations in rural and urban experiences, and ethnic and racial influences.

Signs: journal of women in culture and society
Call Number: Available at Western Library Haggard 3 - Periodicals HQ1101 .S5
Publication Date: 1975- current
Also available online

Western Front
Student newspaper and a rich source of information re: campus history.

Women's Newsletter
Issues of a bi-weekly women's newsletter, published by the Associated Students' Women's Center at Western Washington State College (1976). Continued by "Women's Page."

Women's Newsletter [microform].
Place of publication varies: LIBRARY HAS: Aug.16, 1971-June 23, 1973. Pub. Info: Berkeley, Calif. : Free University Women's Center, 1971-

Women's Page
Pub. Info.: Bellingham, WA : Women's Center, Associated Students, Western Washington State College, [1976-1977]. Continued by "Labyrinth."


Western Libraries provides access to a wide variety of article and research databases (a WWU log-in is required). In addition to the examples listed below, please see the Libraries' online guide to Databases A-Z and/or ask staff at the Libraries' Reference Desk for assistance.  

  • Databases for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Databases re: Science, Medicine, Psychology (and other related fields)
    Library Guide to article and research databases for fields including psychology, sociology, education, medicine, law, psychiatry, and anthropology.
  • America: History and Life  
    A database indexing scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistoric times to the present. The scope includes citations and abstracts of journal articles, dissertations, as well as book and media reviews.
  • EBSCO multiple database search  
    EBSCO (All Databases) is a combination of Academic Search Complete (a scholarly, multi-disciplinary database, with more than 10,000 journals, with more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals) and Business Source Complete (a full-text index to journals in business, management, marketing, etc.).
  • GenderWatch  
    GenderWatch is a full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years.
  • JSTOR  
    JSTOR provides searchable full-text access to backfiles of core scholarly journals in many fields including African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Language & Literature, Music, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics. There is a gap, usually from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in JSTOR.

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Western Libraries Heritage Resources provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and resarch at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.



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