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Resources for Psychology

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Psychologists study human behavior using empirical methods. The student of psychology engaged in research may need to understand technical terms, find and critique tests for measuring human behavior and abilities, and locate and review relevant studies before designing a new research project. This guide to reference materials in psychology lists some of the most important library resources in the field. It is far from complete; please don't hesitate to consult with a librarian if you aren't finding what you need.

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Indexes and Databases
  • 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.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)

    A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
Reference Works
  • Encyclopedias and Handbooks
    • 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 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.
  • Special Topics
    • 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
    • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
      Includes substantial articles on major disciplines in the field, research areas, and topics of public interest. Offers up-to-date and thorough coverage of mental disorders, symptoms, treatments, and psychological aspects of such topics as obesity and homelessness.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 437.G36 2008
    • Handbook of Child Psychology
      A comprehensive source that presents the current state of developmental psychology and also provides ideas and information about the future of this field. Author and subject indexes are included.
      • Location(s): Ref BF 721 .H242 2006
  • Specialized Tools for Researchers
    • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)
      A current update of a survey of mental disorders including a classification system and descriptions of types of disorders. Also contains "decision trees" diagrams to aid in diagnosis of mental disorders and a glossary of technical terms.
      • Location(s): Reserve desk RC 455.2 .C4 D54 1994
    • 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
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of psychology.
  • BF Psychology
    • 172-175 Psychoanalysis
    • 180-210 Experimental Psychology
    • 231-299 Sensation. Aesthesiology
    • 309-499 Cognition. Perception
    • 501-504 Motivation
    • 511-593 Emotion
    • 608-635 Will. Choice
    • 636-637 Applied Psychology
    • 660-685 Comparative Psychology
    • 698-698.9 Personality
    • 699-711 Genetic Psychology
    • 712-720 Developmental Psychology
    • 721-723 Child Psychology
    • 1001-1389 Parapsychology
  • RC 321-571 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
    • 346-429 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system, including speech disorders
  • RC 435-571 Psychiatry
    • 475-489 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy
    • 490-499 Hypnotism and hypnosis. Suggestion therapy
    • 500-510 Psychoanalysis
    • 512-569.5 Psychopathology
    • 512-528 Psychoses
    • 530-552 Neuroses
    • 554-569.5 Personality disorders. Behavior problems, including sexual problems, drug abuse, suicide, child abuse
    • 569.7-571 Mental retardation. Developmental disabilities

Book Series
Shelved in the general collection, these series provide annual reviews of research in the field. Particularly useful for their in-depth literature reviews of hot topics.
  • Advances in child development and behavior v. 1, 1963-
  • Advances in experimental social psychology, v. 1, 1964-
  • Annual review of gerontology & geriatrics v.1, 1980-
  • 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
  • Nebraska symposium on motivation v.1, 1954-

Journals published by the American Psychological Association and several affiliated organizations are available electronically through PsycArticles. Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Behaviour
  • Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Counseling and Development
  • Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Journal of Memory and Language
  • Memory
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Merrill Palmer Quarterly
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
  • Social Psychology Quarterly
  • General Resources
    • APA Online

      This site divides its information into three sections: resources for psychologists, resources for the public, and resources for students.
    • Psych Web

      Selected links from a psychology professor.
  • Mental Health
    • Internet Mental Health

      Information on disorders, diagnosis, medication, research, news, etc. primarily for consumers, not researchers.
  • Social Psychology
    • Social Psychology Network

      Links to directories, PhD programs, courses, textbooks, teaching resources, and more.
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