Introduction to Psychology

    October 2 & 3, 2008

     Shirley Knight, Reference Librarian                 Janet Sotomayor, 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 " mental illness" 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 Congress Subject Headings, for example:


Subject Headings


  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Perception

  • Personality Disorders
  • 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. You can "virtually" browse the shelves by clicking on the call number in a record.

III.   Reference Materials are located on reference stacks on the        

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


    General Sources:
    Psychology Basics

    Ref  BF 31 .P765 


    Encyclopedia of Human Development

    Ref  HM 626 .E53


    Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science

    Ref  BF 31 .E52


    Dictionary of Psychology

    Ref  BF 31 .C65


    APA Dictionary of Psychology

    Ref  BF 31 .A65


    Topical Sources:
    Handbook of Research Methods in Personality Psychology

    Ref  BF 698.4



    Handbook of Personality Psychology

    Ref  BF 698 .H3345


    Handbook of Personality Disorders

    Ref RC 554 .H23


    Handbook of Understanding and Measuring Intelligence

    Ref  BF 431 .H3188


    The Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasonsing

    Ref  BF 441.C265


    Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference

    Ref  BF 318 .L3854


    Handbook of  Emotions

    Ref  BF 561 .H35


    Handbook of Moral Development

    Ref  BF 723 .M54 H354


    Obesity in Childhood & Adolescene

    Ref RJ 399 .C6 O3352


    Blackwell Handbook of Social Psycholgoy

    Ref  HM 251 .B48


    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 at the Potter Library

  • Some useful Databases  (Electronic Resources) for your projects
  • Use these databases to locate journal articles
  • These databases are available ONLY to Ramapo students
  • Off campus use requires your Ramapo email and password
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. Also, use quotes around a phrase. For Example: "obsessive compulsive disorder" and therapy or treatment .
  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 Sites

  • Use the following Psychology links found under Subject Resource to locate supplemental information on psychology..


  • 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.

  • Use Evaluating Websites to determine if the site is authoritative enough to use in your paper

VI. Preparing Bibliographies


Need More Help!

  • Contact or 201.684.7315
  • Vistit or call the Reference Desk 201.684.7574
  • Use QandA NJ a 24/7 virtual chat with a reference librarian.