Resources by Subject Psychology

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Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Tests, Measurements, and Assessments
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources
Basic Guide to Research in Psychology

Reference Sources (Background)

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

Oxford Reference Online - Social Sciences (full text; current)
Search social science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

APA Dictionary of Psychology
Ref BF31 .A65 2007

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
Ref BF 31 .E62 2010

Handbook of Research Methods
Ref. H 62 .S77 2002

The Sage Handbook of Social REsearch Methods
Ref. H 62 .S2767 2008

Locating Books

BF is the call number area for Psychology.
See also RC 321 - RC 571 for materials on Psychiatry and the Neurosciences, and QP 351 - QP 495 for Neurophysiology and Neuropsychiatry. For a more detailed breakdown of call number areas, see the Library of Congress classification schedule.

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 And More (Databases & Indexes)

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

PubMed (1966-to present)
The National Library of Medicine's database (Medline) of medical literature, including psychiatry.

MEDLINE - Proquest (citations & abstracts; 1946-present)
See also:  PubMed
Covers biomedical literature and medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (some full-text, 1980s to present)
Includes full-text of about 600 psychology and related periodicals.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

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.

Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database (abstracts; 1871 to present)
Index to literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other acute stress disorders related to traumatic events. Multidisciplinary and international in scope. Includes assessment, provision of mental health services, ethics, methodology, public policy, etc.

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

NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Research Service) Abstracts Database (abstracts; 1970 to present)
Index to articles, books, and other publications in criminal justice and law enforcement. Includes many full text documents from law enforcement organizations and government agencies.

ScienceDirect Social and Behavioral Sciences College Edition (full text; most 1995 to present)
Nearly 400 scholarly journals in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities published by Elsevier. Please note: our access is only to the items with the green square or green key next to them.

ScienceDirect Health and Life Sciences College Edition (full text; most 1995 to present)
Over 1100 scholarly journals in the health and life sciences published by Elsevier. Please note: our access is only to the items with the green square or green key next to them.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


American Psychological Association (APA)
Information on education, careers, research and current topics.

Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Professional association

Classics in the History of Psychology (York University, Canada)
Texts of historically significant documents, including 25 books and 200 articles.

National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
Breaking news, research, reports, publications, health information, and other resources for biomedical information on mind, brain, and behavior.

Psych Web
Large list of psychology resources online.

Tests, Measurements, and Assessments

These tools in general only provide information and reviews of tests and other measuring devices. Most tests are sold commercially and are not available for free, although sometimes the test may be included as part of an article or other source using the test. If the test is not included, sample questions are often included or described.

Finding Information About Psychological Tests (American Psychological Association)

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY)
Ref BF431 .B8
Descriptions and analyses/reviews of testing and measurement tools; includes references to other critiques. Use the Buros Institute Test Reviews Online database (see blelow) to locate the tests.

Tests in Print
Ref BF698.5 .B878
Indexes and describes available tests. Entries list test reviews found in MMY.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (DSM-5)
Ref RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2013
Classification of mental disorders.

Tests : A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business
Ref BF176 .T43 2008

Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment
REF BF176 .C654 2004

Buros Institute Test Reviews Online
The publisher of MMY and Tests in Print, the institute provides information to users of commercially published tests. Indexes all volumes of the MMY, although the actual reviews can only be accessed at no cost to you in the print version of MMY.

Test Link: The ETS Test Collection Database (Educational Testing Service)
The ETS has a library of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices. Many are available for purchase.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources


Citing Sources

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2nd printing, 2010
Reference Desk (second copy on Reference Table on 2nd floor at top of center stairs)

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. doi:10.1037/h0087264

Alternatively, if you cannot locate a DOI (Digital Object Identifier):

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 from PsycArticles.

See the library's Citing Full-Text from Library Databases for more examples.

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