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Resources for Sexuality & Queer Studies research.

Brandeis Library OneSearch


OneSearch is the Brandeis Library's main catalog and database search tool.

  • Library Catalog: Use this option to search for physical items (books, print journals, DVDs, etc.), ebooks, and streaming media owned by the library.
  • Articles & More: Use this option to search across many databases of articles in journals, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
  • All OneSearch: Use this option to search both the Library Catalog and Articles & More.
  • Course Reserves: Use this option to search for books that have been set aside for your courses.

Find Books on a Topic

  1. Go to OneSearch. Switch the drop-down menu from All OneSearch to Library Catalog.
  2. Start with a keyword search. A keyword search will look for your search terms in the title, author, description, and subject fields.
  3. Use the sidebar menu on the search results page to limit your results to books and e-books.
    Resource Type: Books & EBooks.
  4. If you want to limit your results to just e-books, click Available Online in the sidebar menu.

Search Strategies

The following search strategies can be used in our library catalog, Library OneSearch and in our library databases.

AND, OR, NOT:

  • Use AND to narrow your search. For example, using "agender AND youth" will find articles with both terms, giving your more specific results.
  • Use OR to broaden your results, such as using "latinx OR latino OR latina" will find articles that mention any of the terms, giving you more results.
  • Use NOT to filter out results with terms you don't need. For example "teenager NOT child" will filter out articles with the term "child".


Phrase Searching: Use quotation marks (" ") around your search terms to search for them as a phrase. For example, the search "Trans Studies" will return results for that exact phrase.


Truncation (*): The asterisk * will search for all variant endings of a word root. For example, feminis* will returns results for feminist, feminists, feminism, etc.

Grouping Keywords: Use parentheses ( ) around your search terms to group them together. For example, the search ("drag balls" OR "ballroom culture") AND "new york" will search for resources that mention either drag balls or ballroom culture and new york.

Create an Interlibrary Loan Account

If we don't have the book, article, or other material you need, we can probably get it for you!  Learn more about using our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request books and articles from other libraries and register for an account.