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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Birth Control
This site, maintained by Planned Parenthood, is kept current and offers an easy to use guide to various birth control methods.

Birth Control Methods
This site, maintained by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, offers not only current information about various methods of birth control, but also answers many questions on the subject.

Contraceptive Guide
This site is authored and maintained by a board certified physician specializing in gynecology. It is easy to use, offers updated information, including advantages and disadvantages of each method, and offers links to other sites on this topic.

Family Planning Program : Birth Control Methods
A project of the Public Health Dept. of Seattle WA.  This excellent site offers up-to-date information on a variety of birth control methods as well as information about safe sex and STDs.  The birth control information is also available in detailed brochure format online.

Feminist Women's Health Center: Birth Control Comparisons
This site, authored and maintained by Feminist Women's Health Center, aims to achieve reproductive freedom by providing abortion and reproductive health services and information.  There is information on birth control methods with links to a birth control comparison chart, the National Women's Health Information Center, and much more.  All information is also available in Spanish.

MEDLINEplus : Birth Control
A site maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  Sections include: "Latest News" ; "General/Overviews" ; "Clinical Trials" ; "Research" ; "Statistics" ; etc.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Use term 'Birth Control' to find information in various medical resources.

Health Reference Center Academic
Use term 'Birth Control' to find information in various medical journals.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of birth control
Call number: Ref HQ766.R442 2000

Family planning sourcebook : basic consumer health information... (Health reference series)
Call number: Ref
HQ766.5.U5F3455 2001

Handbook of world families
Call number: Ref HQ515.H3356 2005

Historical and multicultural encyclopedia of women's reproductive rights in the United States
Call number: Ref HQ766.5.U5H57 2002

The International encyclopedia of sexuality
Call number: Ref HQ21.I68 1997

Sexuality and the law : an encyclopedia of major legal cases (Garland reference library of social science ; vol. 1272. American law and society ; vol. 3)
Call number: Ref KF9325.A7L46 1993

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Birth control


The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

It's your choice
Call number: Video 001249
Presents the importance of a woman caring for her body--what to expect during a pelvic examination, breast self-examination and various methods of birth control.

Jam packed : the challenge of human overpopulation
Call number: Video 000437
Reviews the overpopulation issue through the eyes of teenagers as well as experts.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 7 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB(birth control) ) (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
    2.  (SUB(birth control) and "family planning" )
    3.  (SUB(birth control) and SUB(teenage pregnancy)
    4.  (SUB(birth control) and methods )
    5.  (SUB(birth control) and SUB(Catholicism)
    6.  (SUB(family planning) and international )
    7.  (SUB(family planning) and SUB(population growth)

Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 3/1999
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 11/2009

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