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PSY 225: Research Methods

Spring 2011
The Research Process

Library resources will be essential as you explore the fundamentals of research in psychology and design your own research project. If you need help developing search strategies and finding resources, take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Instructor: A Marie Walker
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

Table of Contents:

Reference Works
  • Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
    An authoritative source of articles on psychology, ranging from developmental psychology, to forensic psychology, to language and linguistic processes, to statistical procedures and research methods. Includes bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref BF31 .E52 2010
  • Encyclopedia of Creativity
    This encyclopedia brings together the different theories and perspectives on creativity, the creative process, and the psychological, physical or sociological factors that may impact creativity. Topics covered include: Art and Artists, Birth Order, Gender Differences, and Learning Styles; specific theories and theorists are also covered.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 408 .E53 1999
  • Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
    An alphabetical collection of articles on a wide variety of topics, including such specifics as handedness and blushing, as well as broader concepts such as interpersonal communications and intelligence. Each provides an overview of the current knowledge base and provides references to research on the topic.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 31 .E53 2012, 3 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Emotions
    A multidisciplinary approach to emotions such as anxiety, commitment, friendship, and hope, with additional entries on important theorists in the field.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 531 .E55 1999, 2 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence
    Over 250 entries on various aspects of intelligence, including reasoning, problem solving, aphasia, measurement, etc.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 431 .E59 1994, 2 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory
    Offers nearly 200 articles written by specialists in the fields of neuroscience and psychology on such topics as spatial learning, language learning, curiosity and exploration, Alzheimer's disease, and aphasia. Profiles of leading theorists in the field are also included.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 318 .E53 1992
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology
    An authoritative source of articles on topics, methods, findings, advances, and applications in the field. Each article is followed by a current bibliography of the key works on the topic.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 31 .E52 2000
  • Handbook of Psychology
    Offers in-depth coverage of current knowledge in the field. Each volume tackles a part of the discipline, including history, research methods, biological psychology, personality and social psychology, developmental, forensic, and clinical psychology. Intended for specialists, these volumes summarize the current accepted knowledge in the field.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 121 .H1955 2003, 12 vols.
  • Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference
    Extensively covers the psychology and behavioural neuroscience of learning and memory.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 318 .L3854 2008, 4 vols.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook
    An essential reference work for psychological tests. Surveys and critically reviews tests of aptitude, education, achievement and personality. Includes bibliographies of related research.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 176 .M46
  • Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
    A thorough treatment of a variety of research methods and tools, covering definitions of terms, topical essays on concepts, and overviews of specific methods, outlining their nature, history, application, and reasons to choose one method over another. Both qualitative and quantitative methods and concepts are included.
    • Location(s): Ref H 62 .L456 2004
Finding Articles
  • PsycINFO,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=psyh

    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
  • PsycARTICLES,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=pdh

    Full text access to the 43 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber, some going back to 1988. PsycARTICLES journals are indexed in the PsycINFO database.
  • SAGE Premier

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) SSCI AHCI ISTP ISSHP

    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
  • Annual Review of Psychology

    Offers review articles on topics in the field. These sort out the published research on a topic, discuss it, and provide references. A good overview of what's going on in the field for the topics covered.
    • Location(s): Current volumes online. Older volumes shelved at BF30.A5
Other Library Resources
  • Annotated Bibliographies

    Purdue Online Writing Lab guide to preparing annotated bibliographies.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Psychology

    Resources in the library and online for research related to psychology. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
  • Interlibrary Loan

    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Journal Locator
    Use this tool to search for the coverage dates for print and online journals. This should be your first stop when trying to track down specific articles (e.g. cited references).
  • Reference Desk

    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian ( or IM/Chat with a librarian.

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