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Human Sexuality

A guide to sources for the Gen Ed course

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.





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

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.

Research is often reported in sources written so that the ideas and significance are much easier to understand (not formally presented -- as in scholarly journals).

For articles about psychology topics, these magazines are generally pretty interesting and readable::Psychology Today articles (or the Psychology Today web site),  Scientific American Mind and Scientific American articles (use the "Search within this publication" link), , Psychological Science in the Public Interest , Current Directions in Psychological Science and APA Psychology Topics. Search the names of the researchers you see reported on in other databases to find more from their original papers.

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Rick Lezenby
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