The lack of attention afforded the gay, lesbian, and alternative press in mainstream periodical indexes has a serious, detrimental impact on the nature of AIDS information available to students of the epidemic. Indexers and database search services must end their policy of excluding the gay/lesbian and other community-based periodicals in order to provide adequate coverage of AIDS information.
Cataloging and Metadata Commons, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Commons, Scholarly Communication Commons
Originally published in Reference Services Review, Summer 1991, pp. 35-38.
Biographical statement at 1st publication: Polly Thistlethwaite is a reference librarian at Hunter College in New York City. She is a member of the ALA's Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a member of the Lesbian Herstory Archives coordinating committee. Polly is part of ACTUP's Women and AIDS Book Group that just published Women, AIDS, & Activism (South End Press, 1990).