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Research Guide - Psychology

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

PsycARTICLES(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 39,000 searchable full text articles from 45 journals published by the American Psychological Association and 8 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 53 journals. Examples of titles offered in PsycARTICLES include: American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Canadian Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training,etc. Coverage spans from 1985 to the present.

PsycINFO(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - From the American Psychological Association, contains over two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, dating as far back as 1840. Journal coverage, which dates back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in over 35 languages. More than 65,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Examples of titles offered in PsycINFO include: Academic Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, BehaviorGenetics, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Journal of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Medicine,etc.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMYB) - (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Contains the most recent descriptive information and critical reviews of new and revised tests from the Buros Institute's 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Yearbooks. The database covers more than 2,200 commercially-available tests in categories such as personality, developmental, behavioral assessment, neuropsychological, achievement, intelligence and aptitude, educational, speech & hearing, and sensory motor.

Tests in Print (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, Tests in Print serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).

Annual Reviews (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 30 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences – Annual Review of Psychology (Full Text from 1996 to present).

JSTOR - Arts& Sciences I(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) -The Arts & Sciences I Collection includes the complete back runs of 117titles in fifteen disciplines. Established in 1997, it is JSTOR's first collection and includes many of the core research and society published journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also includes a selection of titles in the more science-oriented fields of ecology, mathematics, and statistics.

Project Muse (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus)250 full text electronic journalshumanities and social sciences (Psychology) titles covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Medline (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

Academic Search Elite(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

ERIC (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Educational Resource Information Center, is a national information system supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Library of Education, and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. It provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1000 educational and education-related journals.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard’s Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

BiographyResource Center (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - This database combines biographies and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. With the Complete Marquis Who's Who(R), find quick reference information on an additional 900,000 people.

Business Source Elite(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text coverage for 1,133 scholarly business, management and economics journals, including more than 500 peer-reviewed publications.


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Psychology. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."


Style Guide

Visit the ARC-Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library of Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk

BF 76.7 .P97 2001 -  Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed - Location - Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

BF1-990 Psychology

BF38-64 Philosophy. Relation to other topics

BF173-175.5 Psychoanalysis

BF176-176.5 Psychological tests and testing

BF180-198.7 Experimental psychology

BF203 Gestalt psychology

BF207-209 Psychotropic drugs and other substances

BF231-299 Sensation. Aesthesiology

BF309-499 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue

BF501-505 Motivation

BF511-593 Affection. Feeling. Emotion

BF608-635 Will. Volition. Choice. Control

BF636-637 Applied psychology

BF638-648 New Thought. Menticulture, etc.

BF660-685 Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology

BF692-692.5 Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior

BF697-697.5 Differential psychology. Individuality. Self

BF698-698.9 Personality

BF699-711 Genetic psychology

BF712-724.85 Developmental psychology Including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood

BF725-727 Class psychology

BF795-839 Temperament. Character

BF839.8-885 Physiognomy. Phrenology

BF889-905 Graphology. Study of handwriting

BF908-940 The hand. Palmistry

BF1001-1389 Parapsychology

BF1001-1045 Psychic research. Psychology of the conscious

BF1048-1108 Hallucinations. Sleep. Dreaming. Visions

BF1111-1156 Hypnotism. Suggestion. Mesmerism. Subliminal projection

BF1161-1171 Telepathy. Mind reading. Thought transference

BF1228-1389 Spiritualism Including mediumship, spirit messages, clairvoyance

BF1404-2055 Occult sciences

BF1444-1486 Ghosts. Apparitions. Hauntings

BF1501-1562 Demonology. Satanism. Possession

BF1562.5-1584 Witchcraft

BF1585-1623 Magic. Hermetics. Necromancy

BF1651-1729 Astrology

BF1745-1779 Oracles. Sibyls. Divinations

BF1783-1815 Seers. Prophets. Prophecies

BF1845-1891 Fortune-telling

BF2050-2055 Human-alien encounters. Contact between humans and extraterrestrials

Web Sites of Interest

American Psychological Association – "A scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide." 

National Institute of Mental Health  - "Working to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior… The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. This public health mandate demands that we harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans."

Full Text Psychology-Related Journals – AmoebaWeb – "All periodicals on this page have at least some free full text articles."

Psychology Self-Help Resources on the Internet - "Contain links to non-commercial sites providing information and help about specific disorders related to psychology."

Psychology Resources on the Web  - A compilation of psychology and related web sites.

Encyclopedia of Psychology – "The Encyclopedia of Psychology is intended to facilitate browsing in any area of psychology."  

The Interpretation of Dreams (3rd edition) by Sigmund Freud - This is the 1911 translation by A.A. Brill.

National Mental Health Information Center - "The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health...more than 600 publications."

National Center for PTSD - "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder...mission was, and remains" to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders."

The Personality Project - "These pages are meant to guide those interested in personality theory and research to the current personality research literature...some readings are available on line."


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