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Law 199 SB

Sexual Orientation and the Law

A Guide to Library Resources for LAW 199 SB


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Welcome! This site has been created to assist you in finding and using library resources for your assignments for LAW 199 SB: Sexual Orientation and the Law.  Our library, one of the largest university libraries in the U.S., can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it is truly a treasure trove for scholars. All of the UIUC Library’s resources are available to you as you do your research, so explore, have fun, and don’t hesitate to ask questions!


  • Legal Information Institute
    Contains U.S. Supreme Court decisions, state statutes, and a legal encyclopedia.
  • FindLaw for cases
  • Illinois General Assembly compiled statutes.
  • Oyez
    A multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court at its work.
  • Hein Online 
    Contains more scholarly journals in law.
  • LGBT Life
    Includes the full text for 55 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as more than 100 full-text monographs and books. The database includes comprehensive indexing and abstract coverage as well as a specialized LGBT Thesaurus containing over 6,400 terms.
  • Women’s Studies International (1972 to date)
    Provides citations to journals, books, book chapters, proceedings, NGO reports, and gray literature. Over 2,000 periodical sources are represented.
  • GenderWatch (1974 to date)
    This full text database indexes journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets, and reports. Covers business, education, literature and the arts, health sciences, history, public policy, and contemporary culture.  Has more of a U.S. focus than worldwide.
  • SocINDEX (1985 to date)
    Identifies articles in all areas of sociology including anthropology, criminology, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, and urban studies. Indexes over 620 core coverage journals dating back to 1895, over 500 priority journals as well as selective coverage for over 1,390 additional journals. Extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources is included.
  • America: History and Life
    Index to United States and Canadian history from journals, book reviews and dissertations.
  • PAIS International  (1915 to date)
    Identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, and government documents on political, social, public policy issues.


  • Online Library Catalog – Look here to find books, magazines or journals containing articles that you need, DVDs, and many other resources.  In addition to the 10 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois and request books be sent to you.When you find something you want in the catalog, write down the following:

    Location – in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple copies)
    Call Number – this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
    Status – is it available for you to check out?

    Hint: Catalogs are used for two purposes: (1) If you know exactly what you are looking for – an exact title or author – you can use the catalog to locate your material (this works for book titles and journal titles); (2) You can also use catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.

  • WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan – The places to verify citations for books and request books and articles you cannot find elsewhere.


  • Equality Illinois — Marriage
    The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
  • Lambda Legal
    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.


Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate Library’s Citation Styles guide.

Need help collecting and organizing your citations and producing a list of works cited? Citation management tools can help! The guide “ Citation Managers” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.


Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research

Use our Ask-A-Librarian Service to IM, chat, email, phone or find a reference librarian.

Cindy Ingold, Gender and Multicultural Services Librarian
Office: Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, 101 Main Library
Phone: 217-333-7998
Email:  cingold@illinois.edu

Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.

Finding Your Way Around

There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need.  For your class, the library that you will be using most is the  Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library. We are located in Room 100 of the Main Library building.

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