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LGBTQ+ Resources: EBooks

About EBooks

  • What are eBooks?
    • EBooks are just like the books in print that you find on the library shelves, except they can be read completely online. 
  • What kind of eBooks are available?
    • Most eBooks are non-fiction, research-worthy titles; our Libby eBook collection contains fiction and non-fiction items.
  • Where can I find eBooks?
  • How long can I check them out?
    • One of the best things about the majority of our eBooks is that they do not need to be checked out, so they will have no due date; simply read an eBook in a browser window, anytime, wherever you have Internet access. Libby eBooks work best when opened using an app, but you can also read them in an Internet browser. Libby eBooks will have an "due date" that indicates when the eBook will be automatically "turned in" (renewal options may be available).
  • Can I read an eBook if I'm off campus?
    • Yes! If you are off campus, accessing an eBook from our collections will simply require logging in with your SCCCD credentials (the same username and password you use for Canvas or your school email).

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Locating Books and EBooks

Search Terms: Subjects vs Keywords

A basic, keyword search with OneSearch means using words or phrases you've come up with to describe your research topic. It's not a very precise way of searching, but it usually returns many search results to examine, which can lead to precise subjects that will help you build more targeted searches; find a source that appears promising from your keyword search results, and check that item's list of subject terms.

Subject searching is very precise; subject terms are assigned to a source to describe the item's main content. Usually there won't be many search results when conducting a subject search, but the items returned should definitely be on target with your research topic. You can try an advanced search in OneSearch using only subject terms. An advanced search works best when you enter the exact subject term used in the catalog.

The following are Library of Congress subject terms related to our topic. Some terms contain an asterisk (*) at the end: adding this symbol at the end of a word will search the root of this word and all other endings for that word. For example, lesbian* would also search for lesbianism and lesbians

  • androgyn*
  • bisexual*
  • gay*
  • gay and lesbian studies
  • gay couples
  • gay rights
  • gender identity
  • gender nonconformity
  • homophob*
  • homosexual*
  • intersex*
  • lesbian*
  • LGBT*
  • queer*
  • same-sex marriage
  • sex role
  • sexual minorities
  • transsex*
  • transgender*