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Psychology Resources

Background information and reference resources

Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining concepts related to your topic, especially if you are researching an unfamiliar topic or discipline. Entries in reference resources tend to be short and can help you get started with research on a new topic, identify trends in a subject area, and define unfamiliar terms or people from your readings. Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and handbooks. 

General Reference Databases

Reference Books


APA Dictionary of Psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF31 .A63 2015

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF109.A1 B56 1997


Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. GN502 .E63 2006

Encyclopedia of applied psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF636 .E52 2004

Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF204.6 .E53 2009

Encyclopedia of psychological assessment
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF39 .E497 2003

Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma
CALL NUMBER: Ref. RC552.P67 E53 2008

Encyclopedia of industrial and organizational psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. HF5548.8 .E498 2007

Encyclopedia of school psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. LB1027.55 .E523 2005

Magill's encyclopedia of social science : psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF31 .M33 2003

Child Development
CALL NUMBER: Ref. HQ772 .C436 2002

Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF31 .C725 2010


Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF176 .C654 2004

Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF76.4 .B37 2008

Handbook of child psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF721 .H242 2006

Handbook of forensic psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. RA1148 .H362 2004

Handbook of Psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF121 .H1955 2013

Psychology licensure and certification : what students need to know
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF80.8 .P78 2006

Steven's handbook of experimental psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF181 .H336 2002

Oxford Handbook of Memory
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF371 .O84 2000