Rachel Wexelbaum & Gesina A. Phillips

This chapter has sought to provide an overview of the beginning phases of your research project. Through refining your topic, gathering research materials from various sources, and evaluating different pieces of information, you should be able to begin answering the questions you developed at the beginning of your search. Researching LGBTQ-related subjects presents some unique challenges due to the fraught nature of certain topics, and requires certain ethical and privacy considerations. The other chapters in this book should give you an idea of different ways that you might approach LGBTQ research in addition to providing you with deeper knowledge about the topics covered.