The list below represents of few of the many valuable reference resources within the area of child psychology. The sources are available in print (library main level) or online formats. They will get you started in ways such as identifying interesting topics and providing background information. Please ask at the Reference Desk for further assistance in finding reference resources.
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development
Children's Needs III: Development, Prevention and Intervention
Ref LB1027.55 .C463 2006
Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
Ref BF31 .E52 2010 (3 vols.)
Encyclopedia of Adoption
Ref HV875.55 .A28 2000
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence
Ref BF431 .E59 1994 (see article on 'Child & Adolescent Intelligence)
Encyclopedia of Parenting Theory and Research
Ref HQ755.8 .E523 1999
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Ref BF31 .E52 2000 (8 vols.)
Encyclopedia of School Psychology
Ref LB1027.55 .E523 2005
Gender and Education: an Encyclopedia
Ref LC213 .G425 2007
Handbook of Child Psychology
Ref BF721 .H242 2006 (4 vols.)
For books pertaining to the subject of child psychology, please consult the Geisel Library Catalog.
Use broad subject headings if you are browsing for books within this discipline, such as:
- Child psychology
- Child psychiatry
- Child rearing
Additionally, please consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (Ready Ref Z695 .Z8 L524) for more narrow topic headings. Here are a few:
- Aggression in children
- Fear in children
- Infant psychology
Use keyword searching if your topic area is rather specific. Some examples of keyword searching are found in the 'Find Journal Articles' section of this guide.
This database contains thousands of electronic books with easy access. You can either search by keyword or browse the collection of psychology titles by choosing "Psychology" in the Subject Areas column.
If you searched the Geisel Library Catalog and Ebrary but could not locate a book on your topic, try searching WorldCat. If you find a description of a useful book, you may request it through our library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service by clicking on the Request via Interlibrary Loan link. Please be aware that items requested through WorldCat can take a week to two weeks to be delivered, it is important therefore to request books through WorldCat early in the research process.
The following databases will help you locate scholarly research in the field of child psychology. There may also be others that are appropriate if your research intersects with other disciplines such as religion or education or medicine, etc.
When searching library databases, use keywords in your search statements or phrases such as:
- child* and aggression and self-esteem
- birth order and intelligence
- shyness and child* and (sports or athletics)
- (adhd or attention deficit) and child*
Search tip #1: an asterisk (*) is a commonly used symbol in most databases. Used at the end of a word stem, it provides for all variants on the word stem. (e.g. psych* retrieves psychology, psychological, psychiatric, etc).
Search tip #2: It is usually possible to limit your search words to Title and Abstract fields, thus making your search results more focused. This will be demonstrated in class.
When examining your search results you may come across the WebBridge icon. To learn how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio).
And now, here are the suggested databases:
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a good place begin your research. Many articles are full text. Limiting to peer-reviewed journals is an easy option in this database.
ERIC stands for Educational Resource Information Center. It is a comprehensive education database and some articles are full-text.
Some, but not all, of the content in Google Scholar is available in full text. Google Scholar is a good starting point for research, but it is not considered comprehensive for scholarly content.
Search here for full-text articles from major journals in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within 5 years of the current issue.
Find full-text newspaper articles from local, national, and international papers. Gain access to full-text law reviews and more.
Use Medline when your research intersects with the medical issues. Medline indexes over 4,000 medical journals and operates on the easy-to-use EBSCO search platform.
Project Muse provides access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals in social science and other disciplines.
ProQuest Psychology Journals
This database offers indexing and abstracting for over 600 psychology journals. It also includes many psychology dissertations.
PsycARTICLES is the full-text subset of PsycINFO (see next).
PsycINFO is the most comprehensive database for the discipline of psychology. From the American Psychological Association, it contains more than 1.5 million references. The PsycArticles database is the full-text portion of PsycINFO. There are some special search features unique to PsycINFO that will assist you in refining your search. One is limiting search methodology to 'EMPIRICAL'.
Use SocINDEX when your research involves the field of social psychology.