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Research Help

The Library of Congress Classification System, which is the call number system utilized for locating and organizing library resources, breaks Psychology down into primarily these areas:

BF = Psychology

GN = Ethnic Psychology

HM = Social Psychology

Look at the Library of Congress Classification System Outline for more information.

While we have listed some key resources on this page, remember that you should also search the catalog in order to locate further resources related to your research interests.

More Research Help

APA Style

Evaluating Resources

What is a scholarly journal?

Primary and Secondary Sources in the Sciences

Reference Resources: Selected Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.

Encyclopedia of social psychology REF HM1007 .E53 2007

Handbook of experimental psychology, 3rd ed. REF BF181 .H336 2001

APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology REF BF76.5 .A73 2012 v.1-v.3

Encyclopedia of multicultural psychology REF GN502 .E63 2006

Encyclopedia of psychology REF BF31 .E52 2000

Encyclopedia of health psychology REF R726.7 .E53 2004

Mental Measurements Yearbook REF BF176 .M45 1998

Thesaurus of psychological index terms 11th ed. REF Z695.1 .P7 T48 2007

The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science REF BF31 .E52 2001. Also Available Online.

Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business REF BF176.T43 2003

Tests in print VII : an index to tests, test reviews, and the literature on specific tests REF BF176 .T47 2006

The encyclopaedic dictionary of psychology (electronic resource)

Encyclopedia of applied psychology (electronic resource)

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-IV-TR REF RC455.2 .C4 D536 2000

Finding Journals

Locating articles

Basic process for finding articles

If you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTMl version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.

If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journal Locator for the title of the journal that it was published in. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link.

Requesting articles we do not own

If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.

Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.

(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).

Why use journals?

• Journals are often peer-reviewed/scholarly. This means the research in the articles have been double-checked for validity.

Primary research often appears in journal articles. Primary research is the first article or report on a topic whereas secondary research are the articles or reports that talk about that primary article. Always look back to the primary article when using secondary sources as support.

• Journals can contain the most recent information on a topic. In the sciences this can be very important.

Finding Journal Articles

If you have a topic and need to locate journal articles:

•Pick a database from our Database List page, or use one listed below.

If you already have a journal citation, complete with journal title, see Finding Journals.

Key Psychology Databases

A key database covering a wide variety of topics in psychology but with relevance to some sociological topics. Here is a link to a detailed guide to the fields used in PsycINFO.
A database of full text articles on psychology topics.
A superb index to the professional medical literature. This database has strong relevance for psychology.
A comprehensive bibliographic database providing information about behavioral measurement instruments in Psychology and related fields. Note: HaPI contains citations for instruments, not the instruments themselves. Instruments will usually need to be obtained by referring to the original source.
A large electronic collection of science, technology and medicine information. NOTE: ScienceDirect identifies full-text articles with a green icon. To determine if Dickinson has access to non full-text articles, or to request an article via interlibrary loan, click on the article title and then expand the "Bibliographic Information" box in the right-hand column, then click on the "Get It!" link
Provides cited references to social science and science materials.
Also try Web of Knowledge which simultaneously searches Web of Science, PubMed, and Biological Abstracts.

Related & Subject-specific Databases

Indexes articles from more than 3,700 journals that focus on life science topics. Archival records are available from 1926.
CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.
The purpose of these publications is to record the major innovations and progress of research topics occurring in the covered disciplines.
The largest index for topics in education and many related fields (child development, psychology, libraries, etc.) Includes articles, reports, government documents, and unpublished sources not indexed elsewhere.
Focuses on aging and other issues regarding the population aged 50+. Includes the literature of social gerontology and aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. Also includes information for professionals working in aging-related fields and for consumers.
Current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21.
Includes coverage of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, Human Development, and Social Welfare. Publications cover a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history and social work.
Covers essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
Covers essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

General Databases

A multidisciplinary database covering a wide variety of topics and fields.
A database which provides searching of a small number of excellent core journals in sociology as well as in other fields. Full-text PDF access.
A scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database for the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Includes scholarly journals, magazines, conference proceedings and books.

Primary Sources

ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. This is a valuable online storehouse of downloadable data from surveys and qualitative research.

Internet Resources

Organizations and Societies

History of Psychology

Provides the full text of historically significant documents from the scholarly literature that are now in the public domain.
Information on the University of Akron's archive of materials which including personal papers, manuscripts, films, audio and video tapes, instruments, test materials, books, photographs, and other materials.

Resource Compilations

  • PsychScholar A collection of online resources related to Psychology.
  • PsychCentral A collection of online resources on Psychology and Mental Health topics.