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World History by Topic: Gender & Sexualities

What's on This Page?

In the boxes on this page, you will find links and citations to information resources on gender & sexualities in history.

For advice on finding books on your topic, see the 'How to Find Books' tab of the World History (generally) research guide.

Gender & Sexualities in History

A dictionary of gender studies
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Encyclopedia of gender and society
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2009.

Encyclopedia of sex and gender
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Detroit, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.

Encyclopedia of sexuality and gender
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Cham: Springer, 2019.

Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Covers LGBTQ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as North America, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, using film, literature, human rights, politics, landmark legislation, activism, the arts, language, sports, and historical events as points of entry into the content.

The international encyclopedia of human sexuality
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015.

The Oxford handbook of American women's and gender history
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.


Additional Reference Sources for World History by Topic (Gender & Sexualities):

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the United States History research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History (generally) research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Period research guide, under the "Prehistory & Ancient" tab, the "Medieval History" tab, etc.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Region research guide, under the "Africa" tab, the "Asia" tab, etc. 

Primary sources provide immediate, firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an event or topic.

Examples of primary sources include letters and diaries; photographs, audio and motion picture recordings; transcribed speeches; books, newspapers and magazines published during the period under consideration; government documents and other publications; oral histories, autobiographies and memoirs; and even artifacts, like clothing, furniture, and other items of material culture from the period.

Links and citations to additional sources of information on the history of gender & sexualities might be found on the UCSB Library research guides for:

• Feminist Studies 
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Studies


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