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Research guide: Psychology

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

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Reference Books

eBooks available in Gale Virtual Reference Library
These multi-volume set encyclopedias about Psychology are available to you 24/7 from your laptop.

Reference books located on the second floor of the library:

  • Encyclopedia of psychology , 8v, 2000
    edited by Alan E. Kazdin
    REF BF31 .CE52 2000
    Excellent multidisciplinary and multicultural encyclopedia on Psychology

  • The APA dictionary of Psychology
    edited by Gary R. VandenBos
    BF31 .A65 2007
    At several hundred pages longer than other recent dictionaries of psychology, this volume casts a wide net over diverse subject areas within psychology's domain and related terms from anthropology, computer programming, medicine, molecular and population biology, pharmacology, physics, social services, statistics, and more. In fact, it can serve a number of disciplines because of the cross-disciplinary nature of its content. Booklist

  • Magill's encyclopedia of Social Science: Psychology 4v
    edited by Nancy A. Piotrowski
    BF31 .M33 2003
    Each volume has a complete list of entries, which vary from one to eight pages in length. There is also a categorized list of entries under 66 broader subjects (such as "Emotion," "Psychopathology," "Sleep"). Each entry begins with a statement of the type of psychology and the fields of study into which the information falls. Volume 4 includes a lengthy detailed index to the set. It also has a 25-page glossary and an annotated bibliography divided into categories. This is followed by a Web site directory of associations, academic informational sites, mental health and self-help organizations, and other psychologically related sites. Of special interest is the "Mediagraphy" of films and television programs dealing with psychiatric or psychological issues. "Organization and Support Groups" is a directory of North American and international services, associations, foundations, and societies. An 11-page summary of pharmaceuticals used for depression, anxiety, and other disorders includes brief commentary, generic and trade names, dosages, and side effects. One-paragraph biographies of 60 prominent psychologists (some of whom are also the subjects of encyclopedia entries) appear in the "Biographical List of Psychologists." The supplementary information section is topped off by a list of references to notable court cases from 1843 to 2002 involving psychological issues. Booklist

  • Mastering APA style: student's workbook and training guide, 5th edition
    by Harold Gelfand, Charles J. Walker & the American Psychological Association
    BF76.8 .G452 2002
    A hands-on guide for learning the style rules of the Publication Manual of the American Psycholoigal Association
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Circulating Books

Use Psychology as a Subject or choose one of the narrower Subjects in the Ikeda Library Catalog

New Books:

  • Psychological aspects of cyberspace: theory, research, applications
    edited by Azy Barak.
    HM1017 .P79 2008
    Azy Barak and a team of prominent social scientists review a decade of scientific investigations into the social, behavioral and psychological aspects of cyberspace, collating state-of-the-art knowledge in each area. Together they develop emerging conceptualizations and envisage directions and applications for future research. Publisher's comment

  • Cultural psychology
    by Steven J. Heine
    GN502 .H45 2008
    The text incorporates examples from around the world and from everyday life to make the material relevant to a wide range of students. Research methods are emphasized throughout in order to demonstrate how cultural psychologists study the close-knit relationship between culture and the ways we think and behave. Three unique chapters bring an interdisciplinary dimension to the text, examining cultural evolution, mental health, and morality from the perspective of cultural psychology. Publisher's comment

  • Are we free?: psychology and free will
    edited by John Baer, James C. Kaufman, Roy F. Baumeister.
    BF621 .A74 2008
    This book looks both at recent experimental and theoretical work directly related to free will and at ways leading psychologists from all branches of psychology deal with the philosophical problems long associated with the question of free will, such as the relationship between determinism and free will and the importance of consciousness in free will. It also includes commentaries by leading philosophers on what psychologists can contribute to long-running philosophical struggles with this most distinctly human belief. These essays should be of interest not only to social scientists, but to intelligent and thoughtful readers everywhere. Publisher's comment

  • Intimacy, transcendence, and psychology: closeness and openness in everyday life
    by Steen Halling
    BF575.I5 H35 2008
    This book addresses the richness and depth of our intimate relationships and especially those moments when we come to see ourselves and the other person in a new way. In such moments we realize that however much we are influenced by heredity and upbringing, we are also agents with the capacity for openness and transcendence. Publisher's comment

  • Commemorating Brown: the social psychology of racism and discrimination
    edited by Glenn Adams et al
    E185.61 .C723 2008
    Brown v. Board of Education was the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared racial segregation illegal in the United States. Commemorating Brown offers a critical retrospective on the role of psychological research in the fight against racism and discrimination and an up-to-date review of the psychology of racism and its implications for schools, the workplace, and public policy...Tthe editors describe a sociocultural approach to the psychology of racism and oppression that integrates diverse programs of theory and research in social psychology. Publisher's comment

Writing manuals:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition
    BF76.7 .P83 2001
    5th edition is the latest book available. One copy is available in the circulating book section and one copy is always available a the Reference Desk. We have a supplement ditributed by the APA last year. See below.

  • APA style guide to electronic references
    PN171.F56 A63 2007
    This guide is a revised and updated version of section 4.16 of the fifth edition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. It is available in the circulating book section and one copy is always available a the reference desk.

  • Undergraduate writing in psychology: Learning to tell the scientific story
    by R. Eric Landrum
    BF76.7 .L36 2008
    Why psychology students (and not just English majors) have to write -- Starting your paper: find the thread of your story -- Extracting the useful nuggets from a literature search -- How to write your psychology paper with style: general tips -- Bringing the audience up to speed with literature reviews -- Telling an original story through a research paper -- The rest of the story: title, abstract, references, and tables -- Reshaping your story for different audiences: other types of writing in psychology. Publisher comment

  • Writing papers in psychology: a student guide
    by Ralph L. Rosnow, Mimi Rosnow
    BF76.7 .R67 2001
    For more than a decade, this brief, inexpensive, and easy-to-understand "how to" manual has helped thousands of students in psychology and related fields with the task of writing a term paper and research report. Now even more up-to-date, this best-seller includes a wealth of new information and has been updated to reflect the latest APA manual style. udiences: other types of writing in psychology. Publisher comment

  • The Principles of Writing in Psychology
    by Thomas R. Smyth
    BF76.7 .S57 2004
    This book offers advice and guidance on the writing of papers in psychology--in particular, essays, literature reviews, and research reports--that are applicable at all levels of writing in psychology. It provides a comprehensive and in-depth discussion of the principles involved. The book is organized into parts to allow for ease of finding advice and guidance relevant to the task in hand. Students will find this book helpful throughout their academic careers and beyond. Publisher comment

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Library Databases

  • PsycINFO
    PsycINFO is an electronic bibliographic database that provides citations and abstracts to the scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health from the 1887 to the present. The database includes nearly 2 million records and is updated weekly. Many of the articles indexed here are available in full text in other databases owned by the Ikeda Library.

    PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group. It currently covers more than 50 journals from 1985 to the present.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Full text database with over 800 journals on Psychology
    Go to the 'Subject Terms' on the blue top tool bar and put 'Psychology' in the second search box, hit 'Add' and 'Search', then hit the 'Advanced Search' link, now add keywords to narrow your search and you will be looking at articles that indexers have catagorized as Psychology related.

  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    Full text database with ovwer 300 scholarly journals on Psychology

  • Social Sciences Citation
    Citation index by ISI Web of Knowledge, this database is organized by finding similar citations instead of being strictly based on a subject index.

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Journals & Periodicals
  • The American journal of psychiatry, Official journal of the American Psychiatric Association
    from 01/01/1988 to present in ProQuest Research Library

  • The American psychologist
    BF1 .A55
    Available in paper from 2 calendar years ago to present on the first floor of the library
    Available from 1946 to present in PsycARTICLES
    American Psychologist contains archival documents and articles covering current issues in psychology, the science and practice of psychology, and psychology's contribution to public policy and is the professional journal of the American Psychological Association. Publisher's website

  • Psychological science: a journal of the American Psychological Society
    BF1 .P816
    Available from 01/01/2001 to present in paper on the first floor of the library
    Available in full text, from 01/01/2005 to present in EBSCO E-Journals
    and with full text from 01/01/1990 to 1 year ago in Academic Search Premier
    The flagship journal of The Association for Psychological Science, the journal publishes authoritative articles of interest across all of psychological science, including brain and behavior, clinical science, cognition, learning and memory, social psychology, and developmental psychology. In addition to these full-length articles, Psychological Science also features summaries of new research developments and discussions of psychological issues in government and public affairs. Publisher's website

  • Child Development
    from 01/01/2001 to present in paper on the first floor of the library
    from 03/01/1930 to 1 year ago in Academic Search Premier and SocINDEX with Full Text
    from 01/01/2005 to present in EBSCO E-Journals
    Child Development publishes empirical, theoretical, review, applied, and policy articles reporting research on child development. Published by the interdisciplinary Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the journal welcomes relevant submissions from all disciplines. Publisher's website

  • Developmental Psychology
    from 2 calendar years ago to present in paper on the first floor of the libary and rom 1969 to present in PsycARTICLES
    Developmental Psychology publishes articles that advance knowledge and theory about development across the life span. The journal includes significant empirical contributions as well as scholarly reviews and theoretical or methodological articles. Publisher's website

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Web Resources
  • National Institute of Mental Health
    NIMH is the government agency that conducts and supports research nationwide on mental illness and mental health.

  • American Psychological Association
    Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. APA Mission Statement: The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Publisher's website

  • American Psychiatric Association
    The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. APA Website

  • Association for Psychological Science
    A non-profit association for scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences. The ISA was founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO. The goal of the ISA, is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion, and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 109 countries. Website

  • APA Style
    When editors or teachers ask you to write in "APA style," they do not mean writing style. They are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. Editorial style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. Editorial style concerns uniform use of such elements as punctuation and abbreviations, construction of tables, selection of headings, citation of references, presentation of statistics as well as many other elements that are a part of every manuscript. Website

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