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Background Information Sources


  • Houdé, O. (Ed.). (2004). Dictionary of cognitive science: Neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and philosophy. New York: Psychology Press. (Oregon Tech library call number:  BF311 .V56713 2004).  
  • Thesaurus of psychological index terms (2001).Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. (Oregon Tech library call number:  Z695.1.P7 T48 2001).  
  • Craighead, W.E., and Nemeroff, C.B. (Eds.). (2001).The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science. New York: Wiley. (Oregon Tech library call number:  REF BF31.E52 2001).
  • Kazdin, A.E. (Ed.). (2000). Encyclopedia of psychology.   Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association; Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. (Oregon Tech library call number:  REF BF31 .E52 2000).
  • Friedman, H.S. (Ed.). (1998). Encyclopedia of mental health.  San Diego: Academic Press. (Oregon Tech library call number:  RA790 .E53 1998).
  • Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR. (2000). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association (Oregon Tech Library call number: REFRC455.2.C4 D536 2000).


Credo Reference:  this giant online reference library provides access to a wide selection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, and subject-specific titles. Reference books on psychology include Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology; Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development; The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology; The Cambridge Handbook of Computational Psychology; and The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behavior among others.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: use this online collection of reference books to browse a title’s table of contents, the index or a list of illustrations or for searching by keywords: e.g. psychology; evolutionary psychology; educational psychology; or child development.

Looking for Research Articles?

Start with these Electronic Resources/Databases


  • Academic Search Premier: a multidisciplinary database with a broad range of topics in psychology
  • Business Source Premier:  a useful source for articles in industrial and organizational psychology
  • Sage Journals Online:  full text,  discipline-specific research databases of the most popular peer-reviewed journals in many disciplines, including psychology; browse by discipline or journal or search by keyword, author, editor or title
  • Social Sciences Index:  covers a wide range of interdisciplinary fields from social sciences journals
  • Wiley InterScience:  collection of online resources in many disciplines, including psychology; covers both books and journals; browse by subject or search by keywords

Subject Specific

  • PsycINFO:   main source to search for scholarly articles and empirical research in psychology and related disciplines.  Database contains very few records with full-text of articles. You might need to order the desired article from another library. From the American Psychological Association.
  • PsycARTICLES:  contains full-text articles from 49 peer-reviewed journals in basic, applied, clinical and theoretical psychology. From the American Psychological Association.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection:  full-text articles on topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
  • ERIC:  (Educational Resources Information Center): covers all aspects of education, including child development and educational psychology.  There are very few full-text articles included in ERIC.
  • MEDLINE:   covers journal articles in all areas of biomedical sciences from 1966 to the present. Includes psychiatry and health psychology. Medline contains very few full-text articles.  From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • CINAHL:  (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature): provides full-text articles in nursing and allied health journals, including a wide variety of works in health psychology. Dates back to 1982.

Specific printed journals

These titles (and more) can be found in the Oregon Tech Library’s online catalog

  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
  • North American Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Electronic journals in psychology

These titles can also be found in the Oregon Tech Library’s online catalog
  • American Journal of Community Psychology
  • American psychologist
  • Applied cognitive psychology
  • Applied psychology
  • Basic and applied social psychology
  • Clinical psychology and psychotherapy
  • Journal of applied psychology
  • Journal of cognition and development
  • Journal of psychology 

Oregon Tech Library also provides access to free full text online journals through DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Looking for a book in psychology?


Go to Electronic Books and select “Electronic Book Library” and “EBSCOhost eBook Collection” to find books in psychology full-text online. They include Encyclopedia of Adult Development; Measuring the Intentional World: Realism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences; and Psychology of Advertising among others. Search by title or keyword.

The Oregon Tech library online catalog also includes e-books. Examples: The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence, and Power, Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, and Key Thinkers in Psychology among others.

Print Books

Books and other items are listed in the Library Catalog. Use the Library Catalog to find materials in the Oregon Tech Libraries' collections and through the Summit. Summit provides access to materials from 36 academic libraries in Oregon and Washington for Oregon Tech students, faculty and staff. See the titles and suggested Library of Congress call number ranges below for pointers to popular items.

Try these Library of Congress call number ranges:

  • BF81-109 History of psychology
  • BF150-171 Mind and Body
  • BF173-175 Pathological psychology, abnormal psychology, psychoanalysis
  • BF311-499 Consciousness, cognition, perception, intuition, memory
  • BF511-593 Affection, Feeling, Emotion
  • BF636-637 Applied psychology
  • BF98 Personality
  • BF99-711 Genetic psychology
  • BF712-724 Developmental psychology
  • LB1101-1139 Child development
  • RC321-429 Neurosciences, biological psychiatry, neurology
  • RC435-571 Psychiatry
  • RC554-569 Personality disorders, behavior problems including drug abuse, child abuse etc.

Specific Books

  • Graduate study in psychology. (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Oregon Tech library call number: REF BF77.G73 2010).
  • Sternberg, R.J. (Ed.). (2007). Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Oregon Tech library call number:  BF76 .C38 2007).
  • Chouinard, M.M. (2007). Children's questions: A mechanism for cognitive development. Boston, Mass.: Blackwell Pub. (Oregon Tech library call number: LB1103 .S6 v.72 no.1).  
  • Healy, A.F. (Ed.). (2005). Experimental cognitive psychology and its applications. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Oregon Tech library call number: BF201 .E945 2005).  
  • Maddox, T. (Ed.). (2003). Tests: A comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business. Austin, Tex.: Pro-Ed. (Oregon Tech library call number:  BF176 .T43 2003).
  • Corey, G. (2001). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Stamford, Conn: Brooks/Cole. (Oregon Tech Library call number: BF637.C6 C574 2001).  
  • Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR. (2000). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association (Oregon Tech Library call number: REFRC455.2.C4 D536 2000).

Need help citing your sources?

Use this helpful book: Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (Library call number: REF Z253.P83 2010).

Or visit Oregon Tech Library’s Citing Your Sources page and select APA (American Psychological Association) citation style.

Selected Websites

  • Academic Info: Psychology:  A guide for students on searching for educational information    
  • CogPrints:  Online archive of tech reports, dissertations, journal articles, etc. in areas of cognition   
  • Intute Psychology:  Links to and reviews of web resources in psychology, compiled by subject specialists from universities in UK. Closed July 2011. Archived articles are still available but no new content is being added. 
  • PSYCLINE:  Index to 1,000+ free full-text psychological journals 
  • Social Psychology Network: Links to social psychological and psychology related resources
  • American Psychological Association:  Finding Information about Psychological Tests 
  • Google Scholar:  use this resource to find citations (and some full text) of scholarly articles in psychology. Some citations include a link Check if Oregon Tech Library owns to help you locate the article through the library.

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Last Updated June 2012