Resources by Subject Psychology 120: Resources for Government Policies on Children and Families

  Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Politics & Social Sciences (full text; current)
Search social science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes Oxford Companion to the Mind, Dictionary of Psychology, and Dictionary of the Social Sciences.

Child Development
Ref BF721 .C436 2002
Articles on topics, definitions, biographies, tables and charts, with bibliographies.

APA Dictionary of Psychology
Ref BF31 .A65 2007
Provides definitions of terms encountered in books and articles on psychology.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, 8 vols.) Includes definitions, topics and biographies, with bibliographies.
Ref BF 31 .E522 2000

Locating Books

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Academic Search Complete (1980-present; some full text)
General database, with many full text journals articles, from both popular (including newspapers) and scholarly sources.

PsycINFO via APA PsycNET (1872 to present; includes full text from PsycARTICLES database)
Produced by the American Psychological Association, this database indexes over 2400 journals, dissertations, and some books and book chapters. APA PsycNET also includes PsycBOOKS (APA-published books and chapters)and PsycARTICLES databases.

ERIC (some full-text; 1966 to present)
Covers education with research documents, articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials.

PAIS International (1914 to present; citations & abstracts)
PAIS indexes articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, government documents, and various other sources in political science, public policy, and international relations.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary, most 1990s to present ; full-text)
Provides full-text of legal, governmental, business, and general news information; searching under Legal Research and in News sources (particularly National or Regional papers) can be especially useful. Includes international, national, and regional newspapers, newswires, and transcripts of news programs.


Organizations, Associations, Clearinghouses:

See the library's Reference page on Organizations, Associations, & Government Agencies
Also, search the web for groups! Just be careful to review the mission and purpose of the group.

Federal Government:
index to federal (plus some state and local) websites

US Dept.of Health and Human Services

Office of the President - including Policies and Initiatives

US Dept. of Education

GPO Monthly Catalog
index to government publications

Legislative Sources:

GPO Access
Includes the Congressional Record in full text from 1994, which is the offical record of congressional activities.

THOMAS (Legislative information on the Internet)

US Dept. of Education  - category "Jobs and Education"

State and Local:
Portal for state and local government sites.


Virginia Dept. of Education

List of Virginia's School Districts

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Ref Desk and second copy in Ref BF 76.7 .P83 2001

Citing in APA Style

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

How to Cite Articles from the PsycArticles Database (linked from PsycInfo):

Struthers, C. W., Dupuis, R., & Eaton, J. (2005). Promoting Forgiveness Among Co-Workers Following a Workplace Transgression: The Effects of Social Motivation Training. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 37(4), 299-308. Retrieved February 16, 2006, from PsycArticles database.

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