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Subject Guide LRC@TCC

Scope of this guide: find articles, books, statistics, and other information on reproduction, fertility, and contraception as well as related issues.

Browse TCC library shelves in these areas:

The Family. Marriage. Women HQ1-2044

Sexual life HQ12-449

The family. Marriage. Home HQ503-1064

Eugenics HQ750-755.5

Parents. Parenthood HQ755.7-759.92

Family size HQ760-767.7

Reproduction QH471-489

Gynecology and obstetrics RG1-991

Conception. Artificial insemination. Contraception RG133-137.6

Obstetrics RG500-991

Embryo and fetus RG600-650

Keywords to search: disorders (infertility, prematurity, amenhorrhea, ectopic pregnancy, intrauterine cysts, polycystic ovaries, uterine prolapse, cryptorchism, endometriosis, miscarriage, stillbirth, cancer), family planning, Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures and fertility treatments (insemination, hormone replacement therapy, medication, surgery, in vitro fertilization), anatomical terminology (uterus, egg, sperm, fallopian tube, ovary, embryo, fetus), fertility/infertility, reproduction, procreation, sexual health, pregnancy prevention procedures (contraception, birth control pills, condoms, diaphragms, intrauterine devices, sterilization, combined injectable contraceptives, emergency contraception, morning after pill, vasectomy, tubal ligation, abstinence, calendar method, abortion)

Health Databases (use MyTCC ID to login from off-campus)

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,990 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,030 peer-reviewed journals.

Alt Health Watch

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles, pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts.

Biological Sciences

This interdisciplinary database offers abstracts and citations to a wide range of research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology, and some aspects of agriculture and veterinary science. Supporting over two dozen areas of expertise, this CSA database provides access to literature from over 6000 serials, as well as conference proceedings, technical reports, monographs and selected books and patents. Full text can be requested through interlibrary loan.


CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,928 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. The database is updated on a weekly basis.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

MEDLINE (or PubMed)

Free and open to the public, PubMed includes MEDLINE. MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Full text can be requested through interlibrary loan.

PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.


TOXLINE on this service offers rapid access to information in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, and mutagens and teratogens. Full text can be requested through interlibrary loan.

For statistical information regarding birth and fertility/infertility rates, see the Health Statistics Subject Guide.

Related Subject Guides: Bioethics, Anatomy, Biology, Controversial Topics

For other health-related subject guides, see the Health Portal.

Selected resources from the Web:  

MedlinePlus Resources

   Pregnancy and Reproduction

   Male Reproductive System

   Female Reproductive System


   Birth Control

   Reproductive Health

National Center for Health Statistics


   Contraceptive Use

   Reproductive Health

Other Resources

American Pregnancy Association's Infertility Page has an FAQ, descriptive lists of medications and technologies as well as a list of infertility-related terms.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine is a voluntary, non-profit organization devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine, including infertility, menopause, contraception, and sexuality. ASRM has published numerous guides for patients as well as fact sheets on a variety of reproduction-related topics.

Infertility/Fertility from the national Institute of Child and Human Development is a resource for patients and families whose fertility and reproductive abilities are affected by cancer.

Reproduction Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on female health issues.

Resolve: the National Infertility Association has support resources for patients.