The Library of Congress classification system, which we used to categorize books at OWU Libraries, was created in 1897 and some of the terms within the system marginalized minority groups like the LGBTQIA+ community. Little has been done to fix this, making searches for items related to those topics difficult. Here's how to find resources in the library while working with an imperfect system.
A subject heading helps categorize books and connects them with others on the same subject. It is not a keyword (a general phrase) used to search. Headings are specific, more formal, and sometimes difficult to work. You can find them beneath the book's description in or .
LGBTQIA+ subject headings may not be intuitive. For help, check out the Queer Library of Congress Subject Headings to help you determine what subject heading(s) you should use to find the best results.
For example, if you're looking for information on people who no longer identify as LGBTQIA+, you may be using terms such as "former gays." O
This leads you to the location of your specific subject heading in the list of all subject headings.
By clicking on the subject heading(s) that work for your topic, you access all the books regarding this specific subject heading(s) within your system.
If you have any questions, contact your librarian.