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. For other types of resources, please use the tabs at the top of this page.
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.