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Psychology: Reference Sources

This Research Guide will help you navigate the resources in Psychology.

Why Reference Sources?

In order to do research in any subject area, you'll need a range of sources, including books, journal articles, newspapers, blogs, magazines, and perhaps other kinds of websites.  Reference sources compliment your study and guide you as you establish your ideas.  They are designed to provide overviews of existing scholarship, concepts, and knowledge in any given subject.  Reference sources make a concerted effort to present information objectively, and they allow you to access quality information quickly.  Often, you'll find the most important scholarly sources that exist by first consulting a reference source.

Here you'll become familiar with several kinds of reference sources that will guide you through your studies in Psychology, including:

  • Print holdings in the Carmichael Library
  • Databases subscribed to by the Carmichael Library
  • Free Online Reference Sources
  • General Reference Sources

Reference sources are unlike "regular" books in that they cannot be checked out of the library; you can always count on them being on the shelf.  Be sure to explore each of these categories as you begin the research process. Also, vist the "Evaluating Online Reference" page to learn about sorting through information.

Find background information

Need a quick definition or background information on a topic?  Use Credo or Oxford Reference to search across a large set of reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, etc.)!




Psychology Reference Sources


Print Reference Sources

Print reference books are on the first floor of the Carmichael Library, by the back windows.

What the call number means:

Ref.     This book in is in the Reference Collection on the 1st floor

BF         The General Subject Area (Psychology)

109       The numbers in this line represent a specific subject area (Biographies) 

.A1        More details about the subject (A Collection of Biographies)

P72       This combination signifies the title of the book; can also be the author's name

2004     Year of publication