Psychology Subject Guide - Library & Learning Resources - City College of San Francisco
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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help


Psychology Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: Freud, Sigmund; agressiveness; personality; psychology; social psychology; cognition; mind; temperament; psychological tests; and psychiatry.

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select either Reserves by Course or Reserves by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on psychology include:

Psychology BF 1-990
Social Psychology HM 1001-1281
Ethnic Psychology GN 502-517
Psychiatry RC 321-571
Clinical Psychology RC 467


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in psychology include:

APA Dictionary of Psychology.
Gary R. VandenBos, ed. Washington, D.C. : American sychological Association, 2007.
BF 31 .A63 2007 Rosenberg Reference

Biorgraphical Dictionary of Psychology.
Noel Sheehy, Anathony J. Chapman, and Wendy A. Conroy. eds. New York: Routledge, 1997.
BF 109 .A1 B56 1997 Rosenberg Reference

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-IV-TR.
Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Association, c2000, 4th edition.
RC 455.2.C4 D536 2000 Rosenberg Circulation Desk/non-circulating

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Alan E. Kazdin, ed. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2000.
BF 31 E52 2000 Vols. 1-8 Rosenberg Reference

Handbook of Child Psychology. .
William Damon, ed. New York: J. Wiley, 1998, 5th ed.
BF 721 H242 1998 Rosenberg Reference

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association .
American Psychological Association. Washington DC: American Psychological Association, 2001, 5th ed.
BF 76.7 P83 2001 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference.

Psychiatric Dictionary
Robert Jean Campbell. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, 7th ed.
RC 437 H5 1996 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference.


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online.

Infotrac Web
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for psychology topics are the InfoTrac Expanded Academic ASAP, OneFile, and Health Reference Center. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."

CQ Researcher
CQ provides lengthy research reports written by the editorial staff of the Congressional Quarterly Co. Many reports related to psychology are offered, such as depression, teen suicide, children and divorce, stress, etc.

Proquest Newspapers
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and Washington Post -- Time periods vary.

Ethnic Newswatch
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995 to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and Spanish.

SFPL - Electronic Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library card number to access them. Once you have entered your barcode number, select the subject - Health. PsychFirst and Medline are two databases that index a lot of information on the topic of psychology.


Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for psychology. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

AmoebaWeb is maintained by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California.

American Psychological Association (APA)
The largest association of psychologists worldwide AND the author of the APA Publications Manual used for writing citations.

Association for Psychological Science
A prominent psychology association which promotes research, teaching and learning. Students can find awards, scholarships, and travel grants as well as a great set of pschology links.

Classics in the History of Psychology
An Electronic Resource developed by Christopher D. Green, York University, Toronto, Canada. Searchable by author or topic.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
A hierarchical database of links to websites providing information about scientific psychology. You can search it by keyword or browse through subcategories via the directory.

Online Psychology Lab
Provides links to empirical research.

Profiles of Undergraduate Programs in Psychology
Comprehensive resource describing undergraduate psychology programs

A one-stop "index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet, since 1992" (Quote from Website 07/09/02). Searchable.

Psych Web
A web portal for information on psychology. Easy to navigate, this site allows users to select broad subdivisions which lead to pertinent and authoritative information on the web.


Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."

Send comments or suggestions to:

Bonnie Gratch-Lindaur
Subject Selector
(415) 452-5548

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