Subject Guide -- Psychology

Psychology is the science of human thought and behaviour. Through Maag Library you are able to access many resources on the topic. If you need help either go the Reference Room in Maag or to Ask A Librarian.

Encyclopedias, Thesauri and Handbooks            
  • The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science Ref. BF 31 .E52 2001
    This encyclopedia provides a concise reference to topics of interest in the field of psychology.
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology Ref. BF 31 .E522 2000
    Covers psychology as an interdisciplinary field and is a guide to every area of research, practice and theory.
  • Handbook of Psychology Ref. BF 121 .H1955 2003
    This handbook with its twelve volumes covers the field of psychological science and it's practice.
  • Magill's Encyclopedia of Social Science: Psychology Ref. BF 31 .M33 2003
    These four volumes with it's 452 entries covers the history of the field and components related to the study of psychology.

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV Ref. RC 455.2.C4 D54 1994
    Provides a classification of mental disorder that is focused on clinical, research and educational purposes.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed. Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2001
    This manual provides the requirements for the submission and publication of manuscripts. These are arranged in the order one would prepare a paper.
Locating Books          
  • Search: MaagNet (the online catalog)
    • For search tips and information see Using MaagNet.
    • Not sure of a topic? Here are a few Library of Congress Subject Headings to get you started:
      • Psychology
      • Human Biology
      • Mental Health
    • Browse: the collections

      Resources in Psychology may be found throughout the library: in the Reference Room, in the General and Oversize Collections, in the Serials/Microforms area and in Government Documents (see Building Guide).

      • Use the following sections of the Library of Congress Classes for Psychology to browse the shelves for books and periodicals. (For a listing of what the initial letters of LC Classes stand for, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline).
        • BF1-990 - Psychology
        • BF173-175.5 - Psychoanalysis
        • BF309-499 - Consciousness, Cognition
        • BF501-505 - Motivation
        • BF636-637 - Applied Psychology
        • BF712-724.85 - Developmental Psychology
        • BF725-727 - Class Psychology
      • Use the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification to locate items in the Government Documents Collection.
    • Search: the OhioLINK Central Catalog [combined catalogs of OhioLINK member libraries]

Subject-Specific Resources

  • Oxford Reference Online
    This comprehensive online source of 10,500 entries provides a vital source for all students of Psychology and includes coverage of phobias and mental disorders.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection covers emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. This database includes nearly 515 full text titles and over 490 peer-reviewed journals.
  • PsycINFO
    Index and abstracts of articles, books, chapters, dissertations, and reports in psychology. Includes or has links to full text.
  • PsycINFO Historical 1872-1966
    PsycINFO Historical 1872-1966 provides an index and abstracts of historical psychological journals. It contains abstracts from Psychological Abstracts back to 1927, Psychological Bulletin from 1921-1926, and all APA journals and the American Journal of Psychology back to their first issues.

Multidisciplinary Sources

  • Academic Search Premier
    Academic Search Premier is the world's largest scholarly, multi-discipline, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. This resource indexes over 4300 periodicals and contains full text for over 3400 scholarly publications. Academic Search Premier includes full-page images as well as color embedded images. This scholarly collection provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • Electronic Journal Center
    The Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is OhioLINK's collection of full-text research journals. OhioLINK researchers can register to be notified by email about new relevant articles according to subject, author, or journal title.
  • SocINDEX
    SocINDEX provides references to periodical articles in the Social Sciences, including Psychology and Psychiatry. Has links to library holdings and possible sources of full text articles.

World Wide Web Resources in Psychology

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    This is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
  • Best Information on the Net - Psychology (St. Ambrose University)
    This site, courtesy of St. Ambrose University includes a selection of 30 databases such as :How computers are used in psychology, the complete texts of key works by Freud, Skinner & Dewey and school psychology.
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology
    This website was created to facilitate browsing in any area of psychology by providing access to original information by respected researchers in the field along with a database of 2010 links.
  • Mentalhelp
    Contains sources for promoting mental health and wellness education and advocacy.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
    (NIMH) is one of 27 agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency primarily responsible for biomedical and behavioral research under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior."--(from the Web site)
  • Social Psychology Network
    One of the largest Internet sites devoted to psychological research and teaching. On this site, you'll find more than 14,000 links related to psychology.
  • Psycoloquy
    This is a refereed international, interdisciplinary electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA) with articles covering all disciplines of Psychology.
  • Psych-Web
    Collection of Psychological web sites that cover topics of interest to Psychology majors consisting of careers, internships and general interest.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library
    The Psychological Virtual Library site keeps track of online information and the sites are evaluated as information resources.
  • YSU Department of Psychology
    The YSU Psychology Department's mission is to educate students by providing personal contact with experts in numerous psychological disciplines. The faculty members of the Psychology Department accomplish this mission by fulfilling the following roles in the YSU community.