This brief guide provides basic information on getting started with library research in the field of psychology.
- The Find Books and Media tab provides a brief description of the library's catalog CONSULS followed by a breakdown of psychology call numbers that shows the broad topics assigned to the various numbers. There is also a short list of representative subject headings that can be used to search for books, DVDs, and other materials about psycholgy. Please note you cannot look up articles in CONSULS.
- The Find Articles tab has links to several recommended databases in the field of psychology. Databases let you enter a topic to receive a list of articles that have been published in academic journals, magazines, and newspapers about the topic. Some databases also provide that actual articles online.
- The Reference tab provides a list of print reference books that can be found on the library's main floor in the Reference section. Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, statistical compilations, and other sources intended to let you look up facts or obtain quick background information.
- The Websites tab provides a brief list of websites that are maintained by various psychological organizations and associations.
- The Cite Your Sources tab provides links to a a description of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and to a short guide that can help you document the souces of information that you have used for papers and projects.
Please note that this guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather as a quick start for research help. The reference staff is always pleased to assist in the use of any of the library's resources and services and can help you with assignments and term papers.