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This guide will help students and faculty locate sources for English and literature research.



ENG 1023: Sources for "Body Image"



This guide contains sources for research on the subject of Body Image.

Want to know where to start your research? Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, electronic sources and recommended reliable websites.

Good luck in your research and contact me if you would like assistance: Susan Whitmer, Librarian for the Humanities,


Body image is defined by health professional Carla Rice as "an individual's experience of his/her body. It is the mental picture a person has of his/her body as well as the individual's associated thoughts, feelings, judgments, sensations, awareness and behavior." Thus, body image is not just how one looks, but how one feels and acts in response to his or her perceived appearance. Body image changes over time. As Rice states, "Body image is not a static concept. It is developed through interactions with people and the social world, changing across life spans in response to changing feedback from the environment." 

"Body Image." Current IssuesMacmillan Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 5 Nov. 2012.


Use the TWU Library's subscription databases to locate articles on "Body Image."

To find books in the TWU Library's Online Catalog:

1. Use the TWU Library's online catalog

2. Enter your search term in the first search box, example: "Body Image"

3. See the pull-down menu Resource Type, select Books or Electronic Books

4. Click on the Search button



Finding Books at the Blagg-Huey Library

For general books about "body image," browse the shelves at the following Library of Congress call numbers:

BF 697 - Body Image

GT 495-499 - Human Body & Beauty

HF 5822 - Media/Ads & Image

HQ - Social aspects of gender and identity

These websites have been reviewed by a librarian and meet the criteria for a good website: Current, Relevant, Authoritative, Accurate, and Purpose.

  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves

Writing and citing help can be found at these locations: 

Keywords on "Body Image"

Keywords on "Body Image"

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Body image
  • Body image AND media
  • Body image disturbance
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Body image in adolescence
  • Body image in women
  • Bulimia
  • Eating disorders
  • Human body in mass media
  • Muscle Dysmorphia
  • Self-perception
  • Weight