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This guide includes print and online research tools related to the study of psychology. It is a selected list of resource materials and is not meant to be inclusive. Please see the Subject Specialist or a Reference Librarian for additional research assistance.

At Salmon Library, the Library of Congress classification for psychology materials is as follows: HK & HL

Additionally, the classification HL includes the following materials reclassified from RA, RC and RJ:
o RA 790-795.85 (HL 790-790.85) - Mental Health, Mental Illness Prevention
o RC 435-580 (HL 435-580) - Psychiatry and subdivisions within psychiatry
o RJ 111 (HL 111) - Child health/child health services
o RJ 499-507 (HL 499-507) - Mental disorders/child psychiatry

Reference books are located at S1 and have the same call numbers as books that circulate except there is an "R" preceding the call number to denote a Reference book. Reference books cannot be checked out. Psychology books that circulate (can be checked out) are at N2.

To find periodicals in this library related to psychology, use iLink, the online catalog for your search. In the <Subject> box type periodicals and psychology: periodicals psychology and then select SEARCH. Your results will be a list of periodical titles related to psychology. Some of the periodicals will be electronic titles and some will be print titles. You may also use the Journals link from the library's home page to browse the subject listings to find journals related to your subject interest:

Reference Tools

*Encyclopedia of Psychology R HK31.E52 2000 (8 vols)
*Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science
R HK31.E52 2001 (4 vols)
*Handbook of Psychology R HK121.H1955 2003 (12 vols)
*Stevens Handbook of Experimental Psychology R HK181.H336 2002 (4 vols)
*Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology R HK 636.E52 2004 (3 vols)
*Mental Measurement Yearbooks R LB 3051.AO5 B8 and online. This is an EBSCOhost database.
*Tests in Print R LB3051.T37

Online Indexes and Databases

Offers full text articles from major American Psychological Association journals and 8 from allied organizations. Coverage begins in 1985 for most titles. The resource contains more than 44,000 articles in 56 journals in HTML and PDF formats, covering general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology.

Indexes journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations and provides links to a number of full-text articles. Journal coverage spans 1887 to the present and indexes material from 1,300 journals.

Coverage of over 3,800 journals in medical literature from 1966 to the present including many aspects of psychology. The tutorial is from the National Library of Medicine and provides instruction in the use of the database which is open access.

Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
Includes the full text of 35 journals published by SAGE and participating societies, some journals going back 36 years, and encompasses over 21,600 articles. It covers such subjects as Applied Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Family Studies, Group Work, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Language Acquisition, Measurement, Neuropsychology, Personality, Psychology of Diversity, School Psychology, Social Psychology, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

The searchable database consists of bibliographic records (indexed summaries or abstracts) as well as the complete text of each journal article. Every bibliographic record in the Collection links to the appropriate full-text in PDF format.

Web of Science (includes Social Science Index)
This database from Thomson Scientific is the online version of Science Citation Index, Social Science Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. It is an invaluable tool for citation searching (following research through the years) and determining who is citing your work. Provides seamless access to current and retrospective multi disciplinary information from approximately 8,700 of the most prestigious, high impact research, peer-reviewed journals in the world. Current access goes back to 2003.

Provides indexing to all American Psychological Association journals but no full-text access to these materials.

World's largest collection of education information with access to educational literature back to 1966. The database is updated monthly.
Academic Search Premier and Expanded Academic Index
Multidisciplinary databases indexing over 5000 journals between them and including full-text articles from many of the titles.

Super Search

With Super Search the user can search multiple databases with one search. An example of a multiple search is Google, but unlike Google, searching with Super Search results in only academic results. Select the "Social Science" Main Folder to search all databases in that folder; or select the databases of your choice.

Internet Resources

American Psychological Association
The largest association of psychologists world-wide with a membership of over 150,000 whose objectives include advancing psychology as a science and a profession.
Psych Web
Contains psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology
Dr. Grohl's Psych Central
Annotated directory of mental health and psychology resources online.
Current Topics in Psychology
Includes articles, web sites and resources assembled by Dr. Fenichel, a clinical psychologist.
Service provided by the American Psychological Association that indexes sites from a number of different organizations.

Prepared by Linda Vaughan, Psychology Subject Specialist
(256) 824-6522

M. Louis Salmon Library, University of Alabama in Huntsville

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