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Psychology Subject Guide

Select Reference Resources

The list below represents of few of the many valuable reference resources within the discipline of 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.  Ask at the Reference Desk for further assistance in finding reference resources.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development

Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
     BF31 .E52 (4 vols.)

Dictionary of Psychology
     Ref BF31 .C65 (print version)

Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior

Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
     From the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
     Ref BF31 .E5

Encyclopedia of Human Development
     From the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Human Emotions
     Ref BF531 .E55

Encyclopedia of Identity
     From the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
     Ref HF5548.8 .E498

Encyclopedia of Measurement & Statistics
     Ref HA29 .S2363

Encyclopedia of Mental Health
     Ref RC437 .K34

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
     Ref GN502 .E63
Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law
     From Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of School Psychology
     Ref LB1027.55 .E523

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
     From the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Stress and Stress-Related Diseases
     Ref QP82.2.S8 K34

Freud Encyclopedia:  Theory, Therapy, and Culture
     Ref BF173 .F6176

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

Handbooks and Directories

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:  DSM-IV
     Ref RC455.2.C4 D536

Handbook of Educational Psychology
     Ref LB1051 .H2354

Handbook of Research Methods in Experimental Psychology
     Ref BF76.5 .H35

Handbook of Social Psychology
     Ref HM251 .224

Mastering APA Style: Student's Workbook and Training Guide
     Ref BF76.8 .G452

Oxford Companion to the Mind

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
     Ref BF76.7 .P83

Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology
     Ref BF181 .H336

Literature Reviews

Annual Review of Psychology
     BF30 .A56 (print version)
     Overview of current year's developments in psychology


The ... Mental Measurements Yearbook
     Ref BF431 .M45
     Descriptive information and critical reviews of standardized educational, personality, aptitude, neuropsychological, achievement and intelligence tests. There is an author index to the test, reviews, and a classified subject index.

Test Critiques
     Ref BF176 .T418
     Critiques of standardized tests; test are arranged alphabetically by the title of the test.

Test Reviews Online
From the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, with information on over
4,000 tests


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Find Journal Articles


CrossSearch  Psychology

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Search the following databases to locate citations and/or full text of journal articles. In some cases, the database will provide links to the full text of articles. If you see a WebBridge button next to an article of interest, click it to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full text via another electronic database. WebBridge will also help you request articles through Interlibrary Loan if they aren't available through our library. If there is no WebBridge button, search for the journal's availability using the Journal Finder. Journals listed as being in "Geisel Library Paper Holdings" are shelved alphabetically by journal title on the Lower Level of the library.

Core Resources

The PsycINFO database contains more than 1.5 million references to psychological literature spanning 1887 to the present day. It includes citations to journal articles, dissertations, reports, English-language book chapters and books, and other scholarly documents relevant to psychology and the psychological aspects of such disciplines as education, business, medicine, nursing, law, and social work.    User Guide

ProQuest Psychology Journals
Abstracts & indexing are provided for over 600 journal titles, and many of these also include full-text.  Some full-text dissertations are also included in this database.

PubMed is a database of biomedical citations and abstracts.  It includes Medline (see below) and more.

Additional Subject Resources

AgeLine Database
"Detailed summaries of more than 90,000 publications about aging and the 50+ population."

"ERIC is the world's largest source of education information, with more than 1 million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice." This database is updated monthly. (1966–present)

MEDLINE is the premier bibliographic database of the National Library of Medicine. Coverage is available for over 4,000 international journals in all languages from 1966 to the present, including some full text.   (more info)

Supplemental Resources

Academic Search Premier
A broad index providing abstracts and some full-text for a range of academic areas, including psychology.

ProQuest Psychology Journals
This database contains full text access to scholarly journals and over 4,000 dissertations from a variety of psychological disciplines such as, behavioral, clinical, cognitive, personality and social psychology.

"This database provides full text articles on current issues in psychology from respected sources, spanning from 1988 to the present. PsycARTICLES includes more than 25,000 full-text articles from 42 journals published by American Psychological Association and allied organizations. All journals included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO."   User Guide

Science- and social science-specific search engine, searching more than 250 million science-related Web sites. Many of the links are to peer-reviewed journal information. Some of the results are full-text. Others may be available via Saint Anselm College or Interlibrary Loan.


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Find Books

Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Search by keyword (e.g. pollyanna principle) if you are unsure of the title you are looking for. Most psychology books are located on the Main Level of the library in the BF section.

Search WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. Find a book in this database, and, if not owned by SAC, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan with one click. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7–14 days. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Selected Websites

Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality, makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find.


"Authoratory enables you to find the most prolific writers on a topic - type in a search term and you see a list of authors whose articles cover those topics." (Mary Ellen Bates, April 2007)

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Links to psychology sites on the Web divided into categories such as behavior, relationships, history, environment and paradigms

Current Topics in Psychology
Collection of articles, web sites and research tools

Google Scholar
Materials found in Google Scholar include "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations" (About Google Scholar, 2006). 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. For the most thorough search of a topic, consult subject-specific indexes such as PsycINFO.

Psych Central
Directory of mental health and psychology resources for professionals

This psychology search engine can be searched using either an English or German language interface

Find Articles
Archive of published articles on all subjects that you can search for free; dated back to 1998


American Psychological Association Homepage
Provides links for professionals and students interested in the field of psychology

National Institute of Mental Health
Provides a great deal of information on NIMH and mental health research in general

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
Country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness

Association for Psychological Science
Describes this organization's services and publications and lists events and connects to a large collection of related links

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses

Behavioral Psychology

Behavior Online
Online Journal and discussion groups on many psychology theories

Behavior Analysis Resources
Experimental, theoretical, and applied analysis of behavior

Encyclopedia of Psychology — Environment Behavior Relationships
Online encyclopedia

Biological Psychology

Neuropsychology Central

The Whole Brain Atlas

The Visible Human Project

Educational Psychology

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing

History of Psychology

Classics in the History of Psychology
Full text versions of historically significant public domain documents in the area of psychology

History of Psychology Web Site
History and the philosophy of psychology


Brain and Behavior

Sensation and Perception
From Hanover College (Indiana) and maintained by John H. Krantz, Ph.D.


Personality Theories

Great Ideas in Personality
This site covers explanations and theories, including attachment theory, interpersonal theory, intelligence, cognitive social theories, behavior genetics and more. Basic information web links and bibliography.

The Personality Project
These pages are meant to guide those interested in personality theory and research to the current personality research literature. Some of the readings are full-text online.


Vassar Stats
Web Site for Statistical Computation

Social Psychology

Social Psychology Network
Large social psychology database supported by the Science Foundation

Testing and Assessment

Finding Information about Psychological Testing from APA
Complete information about Psychology Testing

APA Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics

The Buros Institute of Mental Measurements
Test reviews online

Online Personality Tester
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Keirsey Temperament Theory


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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