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PAM 3800: Human Sexuality: Background Information:
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

A step-by-step guide to finding the needed resources for PAM 3800.

Background Information: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Now that you have information on some of the indexes that will help you find articles on your topic, be aware that background sources for sexology are also available in the library.

Review this list of reference sources for human sexuality. These reference books are a good source of definitions for terms you may encounter in articles written by sexologists as well as background information that will help you get started on your paper.

Sage Knowledge: A good place to begin

International Encyclopedias of Sexuality

The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality.
Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
(Available online and in 3 print volumes: Olin Library Reference HQ 21 .I677 2015)
Contains 500 entries that define sexuality from a broad biocultural perspective and show the diversity of human sexual behavior and belief systems. Entries range from short definitions of scientific, clinical, cultural, and colloquial terms to extended explorations of major concepts. Places topics within their socio-cultural and cross-cultural contexts.

Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. Edited by Raymond J. Noonan and Robert T. Francoeur.
Continuum International, 2004.
(Online only)
A good country-by-country survey of the social and cultural aspects of sexuality at the time of publication (2004). Scholarly articles written by a team of 200 sexologists from around the world with extensive background in the countries represented.

Other sexuality reference sources in print and online

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