Welcome to the library resource guide for Porn Studies at Carleton University. This guide has been designed to assist scholars with finding relevant materials on topics and issues relating to pornography. Scroll down to the Reference Materials section to find Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks.

Definition: 

  • Pornography is defined in the New Oxford American Dictionary as "printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings". Research on pornography often focuses on its effects on sexuality, its effects on violence towards others, and pornography as a valid form of cinema.

Reference Materials: 

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

  • Culture wars [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices / Roger Chapman, editor.
  • Reading feminist theory : from modernity to postmodernity / [edited by] Susan Archer Mann, University of New Orleans, Ashly Suzanne Patterson, Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • Culture wars [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices / Roger Chapman, editor.
  • Battleground [electronic resource] : women, gender, and sexuality / edited by Amy Lind and Stephanie Brzuzy.
  • APA handbook of sexuality and psychology. Vol. 2, Contextual approaches [electronic resource] / Deborah L. Tolman and Lisa M. Diamond, editors-in-chief ; José A. Bauermeister ... [et. al], associate editors.
  • Handbook of Internet crime / edited by Yvonne Jewkes and Majid Yar.
  • The SAGE handbook of feminist theory / edited by Mary Evans [and six others].

 

Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.

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Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in your bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Mendeley)

SEARCH TIPS

  • Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
  • Select the keywords/synonyms in your topic
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms and terms to search
  • Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
  • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
  • Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms (Click for a brief explanation of Boolean Operators)
  • Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
  • Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.

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Content last reviewed: September 6, 2018