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Getting Started with Reference 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

Dictionary of Biology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. QH302.5 .D54 2004


Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
CALL NUMBER: Ref. BF636 .E52 2004

Encyclopedia of Bioethics
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. QH332 .E52 2004

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

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

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


Gray's Anatomy
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. QM23.2 .G73 2005

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