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Introduction

Information on the subject of human sexuality will be useful in a Biology, Health Occupations, Psychology, or Sociology degree or certificate program, for additional or supplemental information for any course or program, for research projects that focus on topics in the subject, or for personal interest, enjoyment, and enrichment. Human sexuality is studied from differing perspectives and differing academic disciplines.

  • 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.

Visit the tabs across the top of the page to review library resources and materials available in each of these study areas.

Useful and Relevant Search Words

These are some of the search words that students may need for a research project. Other words may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas. When searching in online research databases, be sure to look for the subject headings that are assigned to relevant articles, and to use those terms in your searches.

Tips:

Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. Try names of relevant places or persons.

  • “no means no”
  • abortion
  • adolescent sexuality
  • adult sexuality
  • asexuality
  • atypical sexual behavior
  • birth control
  • bisexuality
  • children and sexuality
  • cohabitation
  • conception
  • contraception
  • dating
  • eroticism
  • feminine norms
  • feminism and sexuality
  • femininity
  • fertility
  • fetishes
  • gay, gays, or gay sexuality
  • gender
  • gender identity
  • gender roles
  • genitalia
  • genitals
  • happy marriage
  • happy relationships
  • healthy sexuality
  • homophobia
  • homosexuality
  • human sexuality
  • infertility
  • intersex
  • intimacy
  • jealousy
  • love
  • marriage
  • masculine norms
  • masculinity
  • masturbation
  • mating
  • paraphilia
  • pornography
  • prostitution
  • psychosexual development
  • rape
  • relationships
  • sex
  • sex abuse
  • sex addiction
  • sex advertising
  • sex and media
  • sex business
  • sex drive
  • sex education
  • sex hormones
  • sex laws
  • sex legislation
  • sex policy
  • sex practices
  • sex research
  • sex slavery
  • sex slaves
  • sex therapy
  • sex trafficking
  • sex workers
  • sexology
  • sexual aberrance
  • sexual anatomy
  • sexual arousal
  • sexual assault
  • sexual attachment
  • sexual attraction
  • sexual behavior
  • sexual coercion
  • sexual communication
  • sexual consent
  • sexual development
  • sexual dysfunction
  • sexual expression
  • sexual fantasy
  • sexual growth
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual motivation
  • sexual orientation
  • sexual physiology
  • sexual response
  • sexual stereotypes
  • sexuality
  • sexuality and ethnicity
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • transgender

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. Browse the titles on the shelf in the sections listed below for relevant research topics. 

BF - PSYCHOLOGY

  • BF 511 - BF 593 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
  • BF 692 Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior

H – SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • HN 1 – HN 995 Social history and conditions
  • HQ 12 - HQ 449 Sexual life
  • HQ 19 - HQ 30.7 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
  • HQ 31 - HQ 64 Sex instruction and sexual ethics
  • HQ 71 - HQ 72 Sexual deviations
  • HQ 74 - HQ 74.2 Bisexuality
  • HQ 75 - HQ 76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
  • HQ 77 - HQ 77.2 Transvestism; Transexualism
  • HQ 79 Sadism. Masochism. Fetishism, etc.
  • HQ 101 - HQ 440.7 Prostitution
  • HQ 447 Masturbation
  • HQ 449 Emasculation. Eunuchs, etc.
  • HQ 450 - HQ 472 Erotica
  • HQ 503 - HQ 1064 The family. Marriage. Home
  • HQ 801 - HQ 801.83 Man-woman relationships. Courtship. Dating
  • HQ 806 Adultery
  • HQ 811- HQ 960.7 Divorce
  • HQ 961 - HQ 967 Free love
  • HQ 981 - HQ 997 Polygamy; Polyandry
  • HQ 1075 - HQ 1075.5 Sex role
  • HQ 1088 – HQ 1090.7 Men
  • HQ 1101 -2030.7 Women. Feminism
  • HV 1449 Gay men. Lesbians

Q - SCIENCE

  • QM 1 – QM 695 Human anatomy
  • QP 1 – QP 981 Human Physiology

RC – MEDICINE

  • RC 435 – RC 571 Psychiatry
  • RC 475 – RC 489 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy
  • RC 490 – RC 499 Hypnotism and hypnosis. Suggestion therapy
  • RC 500 – RC 510 Psychoanalysis
  • RC 512 – RC 569.5 Psychopathology
  • RC 512 – RC 528 Psychoses
  • RC 530 – RC 552 Neuroses
  • RC 554 – RC 569.5 Personality disorders. Behavior problems. (Including sexual problems)
  • RC 870 – RC 923 Diseases of the genitourinary system.
  • RG 1 – RG 991 Gynecology and obstetrics
  • RG 133 – RG 137.6 Conception. Artificial insemination. Contraception

Public (or County) Library Call Numbers

Most public or county libraries in the United States will use the Dewey Decimal system, which uses numbers, and each number section represents a subject, so that books about the same subject are filed together on the shelf. Below are listed some number sections that are relevant to this subject. 

150 PSYCHOLOGY

  • 152.4 Emotions and feelings
  • 152.5 Physiological drives
  • 155 Differential & developmental psychology
  • 155.2 Individual psychology
  • 155.3 Sex psychology and psychology of the sexes

170 ETHICS

  • 176 Ethics of sex & reproduction, abortion

306 CULTURE & INSTITUTIONS

  • 306.7 Institutions pertaining to relations of the sexes
  • 306.8 Marriage and family

610 MEDICAL SCIENCE

  • 611 Human anatomy, cytology, histology
  • 612 Human physiology
  • 618 Gynecology & other medical specialties

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