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Human Sexuality: Getting ideas

A guide to sources for the Gen Ed course 0818 - 07

Getting ideas from articles

Articles in magazines are generally pretty interesting and readable. The reporters supply you with the context you need to understand a topic. They also refer to and quote from research and experts in a field, which you can then search on in a database to cite in your own paper.

Scientific American and Scientific American Mind articles, Psychology Today articles (or the Psychology Today web site), and APA Psychology Sexuality Topics.

For example, here is a general search in Psychology Today using the keyword phrase human sexuality

You can also search for articles in these by first going to Journal Finder, searchi the name of the magazine and then connect to the database that has it, for example, Psychology Today in the database Academic Search Premier.

Films on Demand   has a number of documentaries on a wide range of psychological topics to inspire you and point out experts and researchers.

More scholarly but still fairly easy to read are topic surveys in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science and Annual Reviews Online.

Getting ideas from Reference Ebooks

The purpose of an academic reference source is to provide you with context for a topic with the most accepted facts and opinions about a topic and give you references to articles and books for more detailed research. These reference books can be helpful in giving you ideas and for giving you a sense of how much research has been done on a topic by scholars.

For example, Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd ed. 2012  "is a comprehensive reference source on human action and reaction, and the thoughts, feelings, and physiological functions behind those actions.  Articles are written by leading scientists in these disciplines and "every article has been peer-reviewed to establish clarity, accuracy, and comprehensiveness."






American Masculinities:
A Historical Encyclopedia
  Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender   Encyclopedia of Gender and Society Encyclopedia of Human Behavior













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