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Human Sexuality

Get help finding reliable information on all aspeccts of human sexuality

Human Sexuality

Human sexuality is an inter-disciplinary topic that applies to many different fields.  It can be studied from differing perspectives and differing academic disciplines, and each will have a different take on the subject:

  • Psychology will normally focus on personal issues such as emotions, attitudes, motivations, and the effects of social conditioning on the individual.
  • Sociology will normally focus on social or group issues, such as expectations, norms, group attitudes, values, and behaviors, and the sexual issues of humans as a society or group.
  • Biology, health, and medical sciences will normally focus on physical or biological factors such as hormones, physical sexual features and characteristics, mechanics of sexual functioning, the role of evolution or genetic selection.
  • Political science and public policy is informed by psychology, sociology, and biology, but the study of human sexuality in each of these three disciplines is also affected by public policies, whether restricted or expanded, or provided with a direction or focus.

This research guide provides recommended resources in these four categories merely for convenience in organizing the vast amount of information available. Most scholars and experts recommend studying human sexuality using an integrated approach, combining or comparing findings from all these perspectives, Other subjects also find sexuality an interesting and worthwhile focus of research, study, or expression, such as anthropology, art, history, literature, music, pop culture, theater, and more. However, this guide will only present recommended resources in the four categories listed above.

Use the tabs on the left to review library resources and materials available in each of these study areas.

Finding Library Materials

Many useful resources are available in the College of the Redwoods Library, including books, reference books, Ebooks, and videos. Additional resources may be available at the Del Norte or Humboldt County Libraries and Humboldt State University Library. Visit those libraries' websites to search their catalogs. Use OneSearch to find books and other resources about your topic in the CR library and selected, college-level resources on the web.

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Note: Even though we are closed for most in-person use during Fall 2020, print books can still be checked out by calling the library at 707-476-4260 to request the book(s) you want.  Requested items can either be picked up in person by arrangement or they can be mailed to your house. 

Call Numbers for Browsing

College of the Redwoods Library Call Numbers

Books in College of the Redwoods library are filed by the Library of Congress system that uses letter-number combinations assigned by subject, so that most books about the same subject will be filed together on the shelf. HSU Library uses this same system, and so do most colleges and universities in the United States. B

Because human sexuality can be studied from many different "angles", the numbers listed below are only examples to get you started - if you find a book that looks interesting, you can browse the shelves nearby to see if there are other books in the same area.

  • BF 511 - BF 593 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
  • BF 692 Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior
  • HQ 19 - HQ 30.7 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
  • HQ 75 - HQ 76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
  • HQ 77 - HQ 77.2 Transvestism; Transexualism
  • HQ 1075 - HQ 1075.5 Sex roles
  • QP 1 – QP 981 Human Physiology
  • RC 554 – RC 569.5 Personality disorders. Behavior problems. (Including sexual problems)


Accessing eBooks and Databases

To read an Ebook, click on the link. You may be prompted to log in with your student ID number. Some Ebooks can be downloaded, look for the instructions. Other Ebooks can only be read online, and will "time out" after fifteen minutes if nothing is clicked. 

Remote Login Required

If you are off campus or using a wireless device while on campus, you may be prompted to login to get into the library's subscription databases. In that case, this is what you will see:

Remote login is required to prove that you are a student at College of the Redwoods, because these library databases are not free, open website available to anyone. Library resources are valuable and often expensive, because the information provided is reliable, credible, and based on a lot of work by many people. The library pays for student, faculty, and staff access.