Many Library databases, both general and discipline specific, will have content relating to LGBTIQ+ people and issues. Using relevant keywords (see the Home page for advice) will help to focus your searching.
Many scholarly publications are increasingly made available Open Access (OA), meaning they are freely accessible to all researchers without payment or log in requirements.
Forbes, T. D., & Ueno, K. (2020). Post-gay, political, and pieced together: Queer expectations of straight allies. Sociological Perspectives, 63(1), 159–176. https://doi.org/10.1177/0731121419885353
Jenkins, C. D., Savitsky, D., Mahon, M. M., Dockery, G. N., & McBride, M. (2020). Advocacy in action for sexual, affectional, intersex, and gender expansive Identities. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 14(4), 374–392. https://doi.org/10.1080/15538605.2020.1827478
Smith, L. C., & Shin, R. Q. (2014) Queer blindfolding: A case study on difference “blindness” toward persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, Journal of Homosexuality, 61(7), 940-961, https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.870846
Waling, A., & Roffee, J. A. (2018). Supporting LGBTIQ+ students in higher education in Australia: Diversity, inclusion and visibility. Health Education Journal, 77(5), 667–679. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918762233
Google Scholar is a great place to kick start your research, and particularly to test your keywords and search strategies to see if they are returning the best results for your research topic. The following video gives an introduction to getting the most out of Google Scholar. REMEMBER: Google Scholar is a great place to start, but no substitute for focused searching in the VU Library Databases and Library Search.
Grey literature includes conference proceedings and reports produced by government agencies, research institutes or other organizations that are disseminated outside of traditional publication outlets, usually for a professional audience.
Find out more about Grey Literature and how to search for it effectively on the Library's Literature Review Guide.
Some examples of grey literature related to LGBTIQ+ people and their experiences: