Subject Guides


Click on the blue headings below to explore recommended resources for research in Psychology.


Psychology Databases

The most important database in Psychology is:

PsycINFO is an electronic bibliographic database that provides abstracts and citations to the...

Other Databases that might be useful:

An international multidisciplinary index to the literature of the social, behavioral and related...

Includes citations for dissertations ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester; those...


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


Books and Videos


Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

To search the contents of ebooks try:

Ebrary Academic Complete is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that covers all...


To search Albert for videos type key words or a title into the search box then click on the arrow on the right and change "Entire Collection" to "Films Videos"

Also try:

Films On Demand is a streaming video platform that makes it easy to incorporate outstanding...

Kanopy is a leading distributor of tertiary educational videos. Titles available in this...

VAST Academic Video Online features a single, fully integrated platform, offering access to tens...

Reference Sources

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Annual Review of Psychology Stanford, CA: Annual Reviews, 1950-.

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. New York: Wiley, 2010.

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More Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships. Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2006

Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. (Ref. 155.2 C817) Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2009.

Cross-cultural Psychology. (Ref. 155.8 Sm63) Los Angeles: SAGE, 2009.

Encyclopedia of Emotion. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2010.

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior.  Burlington, MA: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2012.

Handbook of African American Psychology. (Ref.155.8 N416) Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2009.

Handbook of Asian American Psychology (Ref 155.8 L553) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.

Handbook of Cultural Psychology. (Ref 155.8 K646) New York: Guilford, 2007.  Also available as an ebook in Ebrary.

The Handbook of Forensic Psychology Hoboken, NJ:  J. Wiley, 2006.

Handbook of U.S. Latino Psychology. (Ref. 155.8 V713) Los Angeles: SAGE, 2009

Handbook of Cultural Psychology. New York: Guilford, 2007. Also available as an ebook in Ebrary.

Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, Volume 1: Gender research in General and Experimental Psychology. New York: Springer, 2010

Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, volume 2: Gender Research in Social and Applied Psychology. New York: Springer, 2010.

Handbook of Psychology. (Ref 150 W431) 12 vols. New York: Wiley, 2003.

Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment. (Ref 155.28 B971) New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Psychology of Women: Handbook of Issues and Theories. (Ref 155.633 D417a) Praeger, 2008.


APA Dictionary of Psychology. (Ref. 150.3 V281) Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2007.

The Routledge Spanish Bilingual Dictionary of Psychology and Psychiatry. (Ref. 150.3 K141a)  New York: Routledge, 2011.

Citing and Writing

The accepted format for citing sources in psychology is the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

The full manual is available in the Library. Also use the APA Style Blog 

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Web Sites

AmoebaWeb: Psychology on the Web - From Vanguard University. Provides a wide variety links to psychology resources on the Web.

APA'S PsycNET - American Psychological Association home page. Includes news, programs, publications, and membership information. - For psychology students, this site contains links to career informationorganizations and psychological services.

History of Psychology - Includes links to information about the history of psychology. From the University of Dayton.

Human Intelligence: Biographical Profiles, Current Controversies, Resources for Teachers - From Indiana University.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Includes information about the Institute as well as statistics, information about Institute research projects including full text of many reports. The site also includes consumer mental health informatin and information for practitioners.

Online Readings in Psychology and Culture - An online textbook from the Center for Cross-Cultural Research Western Washington University.

Psych Web - "For students and teachers of psychology." A rich resource of scholarly, as well as self-help, links. There are links to journals, sports psychology, and other psychology pages.

PscyhScholar: A Collection of Web Resources for Psychological Scholars and Budding Psychological Scholars - From Hanover University.  Designed to assist scholars (and budding) scholars with links to resources, tutorials and more.

Psychology 3 Library Research Assignment Tips

Steps 1&2

Select the  Reading room link on this Psychology Subject Guide (above).

Click on the cover image of any journal:

Psychology 3 Journal/Periodical Reading room 2

Scroll through the table of contents for the current volume/issue or other volumes/issues, or look for a "search this journal" or "search this title" box (Remember--this may look different depending on which journal you choose)

Psych 3 Journal/Reading Room 3


Steps 3, 4, & 5

For these steps, you will be using the database, PsycInfo. Go to the "Articles and Databases" section of this guide (above) and select PsycInfo.

Pscyh 3 PsycInfo

Type your search terms in the search box using the word "and" to combine terms and focus your search.

Psych 3 PsycInfo 2

Remember to click on "Show All Abstracts" to see the abstracts (summaries). Also use the "Narrow Results by" features on the left to narrow by index term, journal article, and empirical study.

Psych 3 PsycInfo 4

Click on the  Psych 3 PsycInfo 5 button to get to the full text of the article

Now Try It!

Steps 6 & 7

When you find a citation to a journal article in the reference list (of either artilce 1 or article 2) start by using Multisearch. Type the full title of the article into the search box and limit to title:


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


If you are unable to find the article this way, try the "Journals Finder" Type the title of the journal into the search box:

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