Related Subject Guides
You may want to consult other library guides, especially for interdisciplinary aspects of a subject. For a review or refresher of the research process, see The Research Process: Step by Step.
How to Use the Guide
We have organized this guide as a pathfinder to selected psychology resources. Begin your research with the Find Books tab.
1) Select the Reference Sources option for locating background information on a topic. Encyclopedias, both in print and online, provide an overview of a subject as well as identify key authors and scholars who have contributed to the field. Lists of books and articles in bibliographies at the end of an encyclopedia entry are often referenced as well. You can then use those names and titles in book catalogs and databases to learn more about the subject.
2) Then, select the Search the Library Catalog option to locate books, videos and other media in the VSC libraries. There are tips on using the catalog to locate materials in our library collection using subject, author, title or keyword searches. In addition, there are instructions on how to request items from other libraries using interlibrary loan. Electronic books and reference sources are also searchable in the catalog. You may read the full text online or check out and download the book to a reading device. More information may be found on the EBSCO eBooks page.
To locate more up-to-date information or articles in periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals), use the Find Articles tab for easy access to core databases in psychology. If an article is not available in full text online, in print in our collection, or in full text on the Web, you can place interlibrary loan requests using the information on that section of the site. Explore the tabs for Websites, Dissertations and APA Style to expand your research objective.
Please contact us with your questions about the research process.
The Willey Library Reference Staff