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Psychology: Reference Materials

Reference Materials

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

See also the section on Theories and Concepts

Collections of Many Online Reference Books in one place: 

Credo Reference     and    Gale eBooks / Gale Virtual Reference Library   and   Salem Press

Oxford Reference and Sage Knowledge Reference also have thousands of scholarly, academic articles, but they are a bit more difficult to use.   Click here to find instructions on how to use these collections of reference books.

Anxiety and Stress:  Principles of Health (an encyclopedia).   Reference BF 575 .S 75 P 756 2020

APA Dictionary of Clinical Psychology.   Reference  RC 467 .A 63 2013

APA Dictionary of Psychology.  Reference BF 32 .A 65 2015

APA Publication Manual / Style Guide.  Reference and General  BF 76.7 .P 83 2020  See also the Citing Sources page for APA style help.

A - Z of Attachment.  Reference  BF 575 .A 86 W 55 2015

A Biographical Dictionary of Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists.   Reference  BF 109 .A 1 S 76 2008

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology.   Reference  BF 109 .A 1 B 56 1997

The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols : Identification and Analysis of the Visual Vocabulary that Formulates our Thoughts and Dictates our Reactions to the World around Us.  Reference AZ 108 .C 65 2011

Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness.   Reference RC 455.4 .E 8 C 782 2014

Dementia Handbook and Resource Guide / Directory.  Reference  RC 521 .D 46 2020

Depression:  Principles of Health (an encyclopedia).  Reference  RC  575 .P 756 2021

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) (DSM-V).  Ready Reference  RC 455.2 .C 4 D 54 2013

Disability  in American Life:  An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies

Eating Disorders:  An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment and Prevention.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.

Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology

Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.  Reference  HM 716 .E 53 2010

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships

Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development

Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms

Encyclopedia of Parapsychology

Encyclopedia of Power. 

Encyclopedia of Social Deviance

50 Psychology Classics  (summaries of important books)

The Freud Encyclopedia:  Theory, Therapy, and Culture

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental  Health

Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders

The Global Encyclopedia of Informality:  Volume 2, Understanding of Social and Cultural Complexity

Group Relationships and Behavior:  Principles of Sociology (an encyclopedia).  Reference HM 716 .P 756 2018

Historical  Dictionary of Quotations in Cognitive Science:  A Treasury of Quotations in Psychology, Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence

Human Diseases and Conditions:  An Encyclopedia

International Encyclopedia of Adolescence.  Reference HQ 796 .I 58 2007

Lleweylln Encyclopedia:  Online Reference for Mind, Body, and Spirit

Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior.  Reference HM 866 .E 93 2009

Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication

Oxford Encyclopedia of Psychology and Aging

Paranoia, Fear, and Alienation:  Critical Insights to Literature.  General  PS 374 .P 35 P 37 2017

Personal Relationships and Behavior:  Principles of Sociology (an encyclopedia).  Reference HM 1106 .P 756 2018

Phobias:  The Encyclopedia of Irrational Fear

Principles of Behavioral Science (an encyclopedia).   Reference  BF 121 .P 756 2021

Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies.

Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies.

Sage Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies

The Social Science Encyclopedia.  Reference H 41. S63 2004

The Social Science Jargon Buster: The Key Terms You Need to Know.

Societal Issues and Behavior:  Principles of Sociology (an encyclopedia):.   Reference  HN 18.3 .P 756 2018

Statistical Abstract of the United States.   Latest print editions at Ready Reference. Older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.

Violence in American Society:  An Encyclopedia  of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies.

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology

Oxford Reference and Sage Reference instructions

Oxford Reference

At the database search screen, after you type in your keyword(s) / search term(s) in the search box, slide to the right and click on the orange magnifying glass.  When the list of search  results appears, look over in the left column, and find the section for Availability.  Click in the little boxes for Unlocked and Free.  Then click on the orange Submit button right below  that.  This will then limit the results to just those items that you have access to.  And if you want to, you can further refine those search results by Subject as well, just look a little farther down in that left column to find the subjects to click on.

Click here for the Oxford Reference home screen.

SAGE Knowledge Reference

At the database search screen, after you type in your keyword(s) / search term(s) in the search box, slide to the right and click on the magnifying glass.  When the list of search  results appears, look over in the left column, and  click in the circle  for Content Available  to Me.  Then slide down farther and click on the little boxes that have check marks for Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, to make them go away.  Then slide down farther and click on  the Plus Sign ( + ) for Works and Sections.  A drop down menu should appear.  Click in the little box for Chapters, and also click in the little box for Works, to make that check mark go  away.   Then click on the Apply Filter button at the bottom of that column, and the search results will be modified to contain only sections that are available to you.

Click here for the SAGE Knowledge Reference home screen.

Some publications from these two publishers, along with Salem Press, are also available in our other ebook collections:

Credo ReferenceEbook Central (ProQuest), Ebsco Ebook Collection, and Gale Ebooks.

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