The Purpose of this Guide
The purpose of this guide is to identify some of the intersections of LGBT people and the law, and how to begin legal research on these issues. The focus is on materials and resources available through the Law Library.
Plan Your Research
Before you start think about and clearly identify the purpose of your research. Some questions to ask yourself:
How much do you know about your research issue?
Do you want an overview of LGBT and legal issues? or
Do you have a specific legal issue?
What resources do you have available?
What is the outcome of your research (examples: 30 page paper, legal memo, letter)?
Civil Rights and Discrimination: bullying, denial of service, exclusion
Foreign and International Law: treatment in other countries, treaty compliance.
These issues interconnect so you may want to look in more than one. Example, employment discrimination or health / family law.
Think about your Keywords or Index Terms.
For example, this guide is named LGBT but GLBT & LGBTQ are also correct acronyms.
Suggestions for other keywords:
Homophobia | Homosexual | Gay | Gay Rights | Lesbian | Queer | Queer Theory | Same-sex
Bisexsual | CIS | Gender Identity | Intersexuality | Sex Role | Sexual Orientation | Transexual
Transgender | Transexual | Transvestite