Welcome! Please feel free to contact a librarian as you are looking for information for your Human Sexuality course. Use the online Ask a Librarian service, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the main desk and ask to speak with a librarian (the first people you will see at the desk are student workers, not librarians!). Start your question with "I'm looking for information for my Human Sexuality class." That will prepare the librarians to know that your search terms will be related to human sexuality topics! You can also pull up this guide and walk through it during your meeting.
One of the typical HUM assignments is to find brochures on human sexuality topics from reputable organizations. After printing the brochures, you will use them to teach peers about topics related to human sexuality. Here's an example of the kind of thing you're looking for. Take note of which organization created the brochure - nonprofits, government agencies, and colleges are usually excellent sources.
This is an example of the kind of brochure you're looking for.
Here are some tips for searching for brochures:
Notice the small text indicating that this first search result is an ad.
All the results are from .gov domains, because we used site:.gov in the search query.
You might be asked to find academic articles in specific journals. Limiting your search to specific journals can be a useful way to avoid being overwhelmed by search results.
Go to the PsycINFO database (Databases by Subject --> Psychology --> PsycINFO). If you are instructed to find articles from the Journal of Sex Research or International Journal of Sexual Health, you will put those journal titles into one of your search boxes. In another box or two, put ideas related to the topics you are investigating.
The International Journal of Sexual Health was previously called the Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality. If you search for International Journal of Sexual Health in PsycINFO, the older articles from the Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality will automatically be included.
Put your search terms in one or two boxes. In another box, put the journal titles linked by the Boolean operator OR.
Journal of Sex Research OR International Journal of Sexual Health
Because you are searching a limited number of journals, keep your search terms fairly broad. Some example search terms (which are also recognized subject headings in PsycINFO) are:
Sometimes, you will see the PDF full-text in PsycINFO. If the full text is not available in PsycINFO, you can click on the Interlibrary Loan button and fill out the form to request an Interlibrary Loan. Don't give up on an article and don't pay for an article! Interlibrary Loan has no cost. The article usually comes to your email within a couple of days.