Psychology Subject Guide

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Psychology Subject Guide Contents

  icon Scope and Introduction

Getting Started

 Reference Resources

Research Guides

Electronic Databases & Indexes

Journal Titles

Library of Congress Call No. & Subject Headings

Related Subject Guides

Online Research Guides

Psychology Related Web Sites


 Getting Started

Collecting Background Information

Library Guide to Starting Research

Searching for Materials at Chesnutt Library


Collecting Background Information: 

Reference sources provide excellent background information. Save yourself time and frustration by browsing through an encyclopedia, dictionary, or handbook to get an overview of the subject and determine the best way to approach your topic.  Collecting background information on your topic can help you expand your search term vocabulary and conduct better searches. Reference sources are a stepping stone to the primary and secondary sources that should comprise the bulk of your research. For example, encyclopedia articles are often followed by carefully selected bibliographies or lists of references to other works, useful items to have as you begin looking for additional information. The library maintains many more sources than those listed here, so it is important to browse the shelves around the call number to locate other relevant resources.



Library Guide to Starting Research

The subject guide Introduction to Library Research has a section titled "Library Guide to Starting Research" with useful tips on:


Developing a Research Topic
Collecting Background Information
Identifying Types of Information Sources
Evaluating Information Sources

Checklist for Evaluation Information

Citing Sources and Plagiarism


Searching for Materials at Chesnutt Library

Introduction to Library Research includes a section called "Searching for Materials at Chesnutt Library" that has useful tips for:


Searching the Chesnutt Library Online Catalog

Searching for journal articles, book reviews, etc.

Searching for Journal Titles


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Last Updated: 9/13/05