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Consult reference books to gather background information on and to better familiarize yourself with various gender issues.
The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide
Call Number: Ref 342.73085 S657p, Learning Center
"Smith (political science, Columbia U. and New York U.) collects 62 primary source documents that mark key events in the regulation of sexuality in the US, from the 1965 Supreme Court ruling Griswold v. Connecticut, which established a Constitutional right to privacy, up to 2008."
Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture
Call Number: Ref 306.766 P965e
"The Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture identifies the people, films, TV shows, literature, and sports figures that have made significant contributions to both gay and lesbian popular culture, and American popular culture."
Encyclopedia of Human Development
Call Number: Ref 155 E5643
"With more than 600 entries, this three-volume Encyclopedia covers topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament, and more."
Books to Check Out
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes
Call Number: 616.694 C156b
"Uses findings from the latest information in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and education to debunk the assumed differences between male and female brain function and reveal the brain's remarkable plasticity and the influence of culture on identity."
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