Locating Internet Resources

Effective Searching

Searching on the Internet can be challenging, because websites aren’t cataloged the same way library resources are.  You have to browse using keywords and hope that the sites you find are legitimate.  There are two strategies you can use: Find one good site and then mine it for other relevant sites; or do a keyword search on a platform or search engine.

If you have found a great LGBTQ blog, government website, forum, or other website, you can generally find other related sites by looking at their “further resources” tab or blogroll.  You can also often find links to other sites in individual blog posts.

You can also do a keyword search using Google or another search engine.  This can bring up thousands of sites, so you’ll want to search for a string of words rather than just one or two.  You can also include file types, website types, or other filters in your search.  You can even search on a platform like Tumblr if you want a more focused search.

Here are some keywords that I have found useful:

Gay culture, style, politics, news, or entertainment.

Gender identity or expression.

Genderqueer, genderfluid, or genderfuck.

Lesbian culture, style, politics, news, or entertainment.

LGBTQ culture, style, politics, news, or entertainment.

Queer culture, style, politics, news, or entertainment.

Transgender, transsexual, transvestite, or trans* culture, style, politics, news, or entertainment.

 

Research tips written by Charlie McNabb and last updated 12/30/2013.

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