CPI.Q Canadian Periodicals (CPI.Q)

This database includes articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail newspaper, Canadian biographies, and other reference content from Gale, all with a Canadian focus.

CPI.Q has an extensive collection of academic papers on LGBTQ issues and many other resources such as news articles, images, and videos. Students can search for up-to-date resources by defining the publication dates, publications, search terms, and resources.

Unfortunately, students can’t search by lexile scale. Each resource includes bibliographic references for citation. This database has some journal content useful for teachers in building their own background knowledge. The results from specialized journals are of limited use in the classroom.

A few search results:

  • LGBT -> Magazines (409), Academic Journals (111), News (714), Images (28), Videos (6)
  • Gay and lesbian rights -> Magazines (1537), Academic Journals (254), News (936), Images (25), Videos (9)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. This database has some content that is useful for teachers in building their own background knowledge. Many of the results are from highly specialized encyclopedias and are of limited use in the classroom.

The latest listed resource is from 2007, so students will not find up-to-date resources in GVRL, and most of LGBTQ articles are quite scholarly in tone and from an American perspective. However, the resources offer an historical perspective of LGBTQ issues. Some resources include historical background and potential bias, and point students to the ramifications of the topic, glossary of terms, and further resources to deepen understanding. All articles provide bibliographic references for citation. Many search terms such as “gay”’ and “homosexual” come up in searches, but the search The latest listed resource is from 2007, so students will not find up-to-date resources in GVRL, and most of LGBTQ articles are quite scholarly in tone and from an American perspective. However, the resources offer an historical perspective of LGBTQ issues. Some resources include historical background and potential bias, and point students to the ramifications of the topic, glossary of terms, and further resources to deepen understanding. All articles provide bibliographic references for citation. Many search terms such as “gay”’ and “homosexual” come up in searches, but the search terms appear in passing reference to an author’s life or an historical period.


Global Issues in Context (GIIC)

Global Issues in Context is a cornucopia of up-to-date resources on LGBTQ issues from a global perspective. It offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. GIIC curates resources into Issues and Topics, and each Issues and Topic page includes an overview, unique “perspectives” articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source, rich media, and statistical information. The resource covers an array of LGBTQ issues such as adoption by Gay and Lesbian parents, same-sex marriage, and gay, lesbian, and transgender rights. Students can find podcasts, but only from an American perspective from National Public Radio.

Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

Sample search results:

  • LGBT -> 56 Global Viewpoint articles, 1957 news articles, 25 magazine articles, 13 academic journal articles,
  • “Issues and Topics”, Gale lists the following: Culture and Gender, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Rights, Same-sex Marriage.
  • Gale also links to podcasts on selected LGBT issues.