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LGBT+ Pride Month: Research Topics


Looking for a related topic to research? Is "LGBT issues" too big a topic for your project? Use our research guides and encyclopedias to find related topic areas and places to get started.

Or, check out our Reference Materials page in this guide for background information.

Demographics and Population Studies


Health, Illness, Society, and Culture

Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body.

Death and the Afterlife: A Cultural Encyclopedia .

Diets and Dieting: A Cultural Encyclopedia.   Reference RM 214.5 .G 55 2008

Encyclopedia of Aging . Reference HQ 1061 .E 53 2006

Encyclopedia of Aging and Public Health.

Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience   Reference HQ 1073 .E 544 2009

Encyclopedia of Elder Care: The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care . Reference RC 954 .E 53 2008

Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior.

Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. Reference QP 141 .E 526 2005

Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures . Reference RA 418 .E 354 2004

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology.   Reference GN 502 .E 63 2006

Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development.  Reference HM 626 .E 538 2009

Encyclopedia of Public Health.

Encyclopedia of Women's Health.

Ethnic Diseases Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information. General RA 563 .M 56 E 838

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health.   Reference RC 952.5 .G 3485 2009

Health and Illness: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia.   Reference R 733 .L 477 1997

Health and Social Issues of Native American Women .

Health Care Systems Around the World.

Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health.  General RA 418.3 .U 6 B 37 2008

Key Concepts in Health Psychology.

Key Concepts in Health Studies.

Key Concepts in Medical Sociology  

Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia.

Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the United StatesGeneral RA 448.4 .L 38 2005

Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics.

Religion: A Clinical Guide for Nurses. General RT 85.2 .R 45 2012

Sage Dictionary of Health and Society    Reference RA 418 .W 439 2006

Science, Religion, and Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Controversy.

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society.   Reference RA 423 .W 554 2014

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices.

Worldmark Global Health and Medicine Issues. 

Marriage and Families

Race and Discrimination

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Civil Rights Movement:  A Reference Guide.   General  E 185.61 .C 6148 2019

Civil Rights Movement:  An Encyclopedia

Dictionary of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.

Encyclopedia of American Race Riots. Volume 1 (A - M), Volume 2 (N - Z)

Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice.

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. Reference HV 6789 .E 43 2009

Encyclopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies. Reference GN 495.6 .C 37 2004

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.

Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Reference HT 1521 .E 63 2008.

Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States.. Reference E 184 .A 1 E 773 2005

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia.

Ethnic and Racial Relations in AmericaReference  E 49 .R 33 2017

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America.

Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity.  Reference GN 495.6 .M 445 2014

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race and Race in American History.   General  E 184 .A 1 O 95 2018

Race and Racism: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic.

Race and Sports:  A Reference Handbook.  General  GV 706.32 .M 96 2021

Racial and Ethnic Relations in America:  An Encyclopedia

Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History : An Encyclopedia.

A State - by - State History of Race and Racism in the United States

This section has sub-sections for Background Readings, Reference Materials, and Websites, in that order.

There is a guide for Criminal Justice / Justice Studies, click here to go to  it.

There is a guide for Social and Restorative Justice, click here to go to it.

There is a guide for African American / Black history and culture, click here to go to it.

Background Readings

African American Criminal  Injustice

Are there Other Racial or Ethnic Groups Who Experience Disproportionate Incarceration?

Black Lives Matter

The Criminal  Justice System

Excessive Force

Police Brutality

Race / Ethnicity and Crime

Race, Ethnicity and Punishment

Racial Profiling

What Causes the Disproportionate Imprisonment of African Americans?

What Should be Done  to Address Racial Disparities in Incarceration?

Reference Materials

Crime and Punishment in America : An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System.

Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook. General HV 6773.52 .A 47 2015

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture

Palgrave Dictionary of Public Order Policing, Protest and Political Violence   Reference HV 8055 .J 69 2014

Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations,  and Rebellions in American History:  An Encyclopedia

The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia.

See also the larger and broader collection of Criminal Justice reference books by clicking here.


Black Lives Matter

List of COD Library books on this topic.

List of COD Library videos on this topic.


A Collection of articles on the issue of Black Lives Matter

Black Freedom Struggle in the Untied States:  Open Access Documents on the Pursuit of Equality

Black  Thought and Culture database, which contains many older documents, articles and books.

Black Immigrants in North America:  Essays on Race, Immigration, Identity, Language, Hip-Hop, Pedagogy, and  the  Politics of Becoming Black.   General  F 1035 .N 3 I 268 2020

Civil Rights Movement:  A Documentary Reader

The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America

Documents of American Prejudice:  An Anthology of Writings from Thomas Jefferson to David Duke.   General  E 184 .A 1 D 65 1999

Hate Crimes (The Reference Shelf)

The Inequality Reader:  Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender

Race, Crime, and Justice:  A Reader.   General  HV 6197 .U 5 R 334 2005

Racism:  A Global  Reader.   General  HT 1521 .R 323 2003

Seeking the Beloved Community:  A Feminist Race Reader.

Theories of Race and Racism:  A Reader

Understanding and Navigating Discrimination in America:  A Resource Guide

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

Ku Klux Klan background reading

Reverse Discrimination discussion

White Privilege background reading

White Supremacy background reading

Whiteness background reading

Anger and Racial Politics : The Emotional Foundation of Racial Attitudes in America. General E 185.615 .B 2846 2014

Angry White Men : American Masculinity at the End of an Era.

Colored Property : State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America.

Cyber Racism : White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights. General E 184 .A 1 D 244 2009

Dear White America: A Letter to the New Minority. General E 184 .A 1 W 573 2012

Encyclopedia of White Power : A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right. Reference HT 1523 .E 53 2000

The Ku Klux Klan: An Encyclopedia. Reference HS 2330 .K 63 N 49 1991

White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812. General E 185 .J 69 1968

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide. General E 185.61 .A 5438 2016

White Supremacy Groups. General E 184 .A 1 .W 3963 2008


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution.   Reference GN 281 .C 345 1992

The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality.   General HQ 21 .I 68 2004

Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body.

Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis.

A Descriptive Dictionary and Atlas of Sexology.   Reference  HQ 9 .D 34 1991

Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance.   Reference  BR 697.5 .B 63 E 55 2012

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society.

Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History.   Reference TT 957 .S 46 2006

Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work.   Reference  HQ 115 .E53 2006

Encyclopedia of Sex.   General HQ 9 .E 54 2000

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality:  Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture

Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior.   General HQ 9 .E 4 1973

Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law.    Reference KF 9325 .A 68 M 33 2006

Faces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face.

Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia.   Reference HQ 75.13 .G 37 2000

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship and Sexuality throughout History.   Reference HQ 21 .G 67125 2008

Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia.   General HQ 9 .H 846 1994

International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities.  Reference HQ 1090 .I 58 2007

Key Concepts in Body and Society.

Sex and Sexuality:  A Thematic Dictionary of Quotations.   Reference  HQ 21 .S 47158 1993

Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia.   Reference HQ 12 .S 423 2006

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct:  An Encyclopedia

Social Media

Social Media - The Noun Project

Social Media



Digital Divide




Internet Addiction

Internet Trolling



Social Media and Food

The Social Media Reader

Social Networking


At Issue: Are Social Networking Sites Harmful?  General HM 742 .A 742 2015

Debates for the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our Online World.   General HM 851 .D 4325 2016

Related library research guides:

Political Communication


Technology and Society

Social Problems and Culture Wars

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