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LGBTQ+ Rights

LGBTQ+ Rights charts the gay rights movement in America, showing the civil rights codified into law in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the inequalities that still exist today.


Main Search Bar Tips

  • The main search bar is stationary throughout HeinOnline.
  • Once inside the LGBTQ+ Rights Library, the search bar will search only within this database, unless the Search All Databases box is ticked.
  • Need something more robust? Click Advanced Search to perform a search using custom drop-downs.
  • Need a refresher on how to construct a perfect search? Click Search Help for a quick reference guide to commonly used search syntax.

Start your search in the main search bar

Using the Main Search Bar

  • For example, enter the phrase "don't ask, don't tell" inside quotation marks into the search bar
    • Select where you want to search for this phrase: as an Author, appearing in the Title of any document or article, as a Citation, or in our Catalog as a title. Want to see your search in any of these fields, or appearing in the full text of a document? Select Just search for.

Start typing in the main search bar to see search options


  • Use the facets on the left side of the page to narrow your results by Date, Section Type, Title, Document Type, Subjects, Organization, Person, or Location.
  • Terms matching the search query appear in bold text within the matching text page snippets.
  • Sort search results by relevance, volume date, or title.
  • Save to your MyHein account, email a result, display download options, or download a PDF using the icons on the right side of each search result.
  • Use the icons next to the sort-by bar to modify your current search, to search within results, to toggle all matching text pages, or to turn OFF infinite scroll.

A basic search example

Using Advanced Search

  • Click Advanced Search to be taken to a page with custom facets to help maximize your research within this collection.
  • Use the drop-downs to choose a variety of ways to search: Text, Title, Creator/Author, and Description.
    • Add another search field if three isn't enough.
  • Select a subcollection to search within, Ctrl + click to select multiple subcollections, or search in all.
  • Pick a title by citation to search within.
  • Restrict results within a date range and change how results are sorted.

How to use advanced search options

About Venn Diagram Search

  • Venn Diagram Search offers a visual representation of how search terms interact with each other
  • Helps users both refine their current search terms and become better researchers going forward
  • Find the link to Venn Diagram Search on the Advanced Search page
  • Searches are constructed by stringing together multiple terms separated by the Boolean operator "AND," with phrases grouped together in quotation marks
    • In this example, we also used the wildcard * to search for various permutations of our keywords:
      • athlet* will search for athlete(s), athletic(s), etc.
      • trans* will search for trans, transgender, transsexual, etc.

Venn diagram search displaying intersection of search terms

  • Results on the right side of the page pertain to the search as we originally constructed it (represented by the red slice in the center of the intersecting circles)
  • Select Clear for the ability to hover over the different segments of the diagram and see all possible search term combinations from our original query.
  • In our example, we can see results for:
    • title ix AND trans
    • title ix AND athlet*
    • trans AND athlet*
    • the terms trans*, athlet* and "title ix" individually
  • Sort the results, save or export, turn to the specific page of a result, or start at the beginning of a given title