Introduction to Psychology

    February 13, 2008

     Shirley Knight, Reference Librarian                 Jennifer Cole, Professor, L308, X7315               MPSY 101-07

 I. Library Homepage:

  • Provides access to the catalog (OPAC), databases, interlibrary loan forms, etc.

II. Finding Books at the Potter Library

  • Catalog: use this to find books, journal titles NOT ARTICLES, government documents, reserve items, music,and movies owned by the Library. You may limit a search by language, year(s) of publication, type of material, etc. This may take a few seconds to load.
  • Search the catalog using Keywords to find material
    • For example: search for "psychology" or " eating disorders" to locate a broad range of material and look for resources for your topics.



  • Search the catalog using Subject Browse feature ONLY if you know the Library of Congres Subject Headings, for example:


Subject Headings

  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Perception

  • Psychology, Pathological
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Schizophrenia


    1. Start with broad searches. It is much easier to discard too much rather than start with too little.
    2. If you don't know the Subject Heading, use the Subjects etc. tab located on the top of a catalog record to get to the headings. This will help you focus in on more relevant material.
    3. Can "virtually" browse the shelves by clicking on the call number in a record.

III.   The below Reference Materials are located on reference stacks on         

        3rd floor of the library.(Remember that this is also the librarys' entrance).


    General Sources:
    Dictionary of Psychology
    Ref  BF 31 .C72
    Psychology Basics

    Ref  BF 31 .P765 


    Topical Sources:
    Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology
    Ref  BF 698.95 .H36 2005
    Handbook of Understanding and Measuring Intelligence

    Ref  BF 431 .H3188


    Handbook of Personality Psychology
    Ref  BF 698 .H3345
    Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology

    Ref  RC 967.5 .H358


    Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science
    Ref  BF 31 .E52
    Handbook of Social Psycholgoy
    Ref  HM 251 .H224
    Encyclopedia of  Emotions
    Ref  BF 561 .H35
    Encyclopedia of Human Development

    Ref  HM 626 .E53


    Cambridge Encyclopedia of Thinking and Reasonsing
    Ref  BF 441 .C265
    Against My Will

    HV 6250.4 .A334


    Psychology, the Human Experience:observational & cognitive approches

    Ref BF 121 .P974 


    9/11 and Beyond: coping strategies for trauma and stress

    Ref HV 6432.7 .N5


    Slim Hopes

    Ref BF 697.5 .B63 S63




  1. Use reference books to gain an overview of your topic.
  2. Use the Bibliographies at the end of encyclopedia entries to find more information on your topic.

IV. Finding Journal Articles

  • Some useful Databases  (Electronic Resources) for your projects:
Contains more than two million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, as well as related topics as social work, anthropology, sociology etc.
A great source to use for locating full-text peer-reviewed scholarlarly articles published by the APA and 11 allied organizations. Covers general and specialized psychology,  basic, applied, clinical and theorital research.
Encompasses a wide-range of topics from psychology, clinical social psychology, social welfare, criminology and more.
See Also:  
A full-text database that provides information on hundreds of topics such as family studies, addiction studies, urban studies and more.
A multidisciplinary database that contains many full-text articles. May also limit to scholary (peer-reviewed) journals.

(Scholarly/Peer Reviewed/Refereed articles have been reviewed by a selected panel of experts in the discipline covered by that journal).


  1. Always switch to the Advance Search page in a database. This will give you more control over your results.
  2. Always use Boolean Operators-AND, OR, NOT when running a search. For Example: schizophrenia and therapy or treatment not olanzapine
  3. Always check your Spelling if the database results are Zero.
  • Journal Finder:  to find journal, magazine and newspaper full-texts articles online, in print or available on microfilm.
  • Interlibrary Loan: allows students to borrow a book or article that the Potter library does not own. There is a link from the Journal Finder page.

Both of these links can be found under QUICK LINKS on the library's homepage.

V. Finding Web Sources

  • Use the following Subject Resource under Psychology to locate supplemental information on your topics .


  • Current Topics in Psychology:  Assembled by a practicing psychologist, this collection of articles, weblinks and research tools is organized by topics: Addiction, Attention Deficient, Bipolar Disorder, Clinical/Abnormal Psychology, Emotional Intellegience, Famil Relations etc.
  • Mental Health Net - Quick information on disorders, treatment, treatment facilities and more.

VI. Bibliography


  • Use QandA NJ a 24/7 virtual chat with a reference librarian.