DSEM The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Finding Background Material
Encyclopedias can often give helpful overviews or definitions - if you run across a term you don't know, or if you want some quick background on a topic, check here.  This works best for topics that have not evolved significantly over the past couple of years, since encyclopedias tend to have established knowledge that is widely - but sometimes not universally - accepted.

Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body, 2008 Reference HM636 .C85 2008

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, 2003
Descriptions of ideals of beauty across many of the world's cultures

Finding Sources from a Citation
Academic works usually cite their sources, listing the articles, essays or books that the author has used in the development of the argument.  Where you will look for a source depends on the type of source it is:


Not sure what type of source you're looking for?  Here are some clues:

Books or essays in books generally have a place of publication listed, as well as a publisher:
       Gerdes, Louise I.  The Culture of BeautyDetroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013.

Journal or magazine articles have both a title of the article as well as the title of the journal/magazine.  They generally will have a volume number, and either an issue number or a more specific date than just a year:
       Gervais, Sarah J., Arianne M. Holland and Michael D. Dodd.  ”My Eyes Are Up
                 Here:  The Nature of the Objectifying Gaze Toward Women.  Sex Roles
69.11 (2013): 557-570.

Finding Book Reviews
Book reviews appear in both popular and scholarly publications, with very different audiences.  When a book review is published in a magazine, newspaper or blog, the intention is frequently to suggest interesting books for the readers.  Some examples include:

Fat Gay Men - Slate Book Review
Feeding Desire - Google Books
Ain't I a Beauty Queen - Goodreads
Revolting Bodies -  Amazon

For more critical types of reviews, check Scholar Search, which indexes the materials available through Drew.  
  1. Enter the title of the book, in quotation marks, followed by AND and the author's last name:
  2. Then refine your search by checking Book Review under Content Type:
  3. If Scholar Search does not give you enough, check ProQuest, in Scholar Search's right column.