Psychology Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
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,
Examples of Subject searches include: Freud, Sigmund; agressiveness;
personality; psychology; social psychology; cognition; mind; temperament;
psychological tests; and psychiatry.
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
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:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
Key Reference Sources
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
and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-IV-TR.
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Association, c2000, 4th edition.
RC 455.2.C4 D536 2000 Rosenberg Circulation Desk/non-circulating
Alan E. Kazdin, ed. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological
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
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.
Robert Jean Campbell. New York, New York: Oxford University Press,
1996, 7th ed.
RC 437 H5 1996 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference.
for Articles in 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
journal v. popular magazine articles?
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 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 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,
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
and Citing Information Sources
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF 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
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.
Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.
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