SSI 122: General Psychology

Professor Kozmova

Sigmund Freud

This guide is designed to help you research psychology topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Psychology
  • Human development
  • Cognitive behavior
  • Personality disorders

Reference Books


APA Dictionary of Psychology, Washington, DC. : American Psychological Association, 2007. Ref. BF31 .A63 2007
Penguin Dictionary of Psychology, New York : Penguin Books, 1995. Ref. BF31 .R43 1995.


Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, New York : Wiley, 2001. Ref. BF31 .E52 2001
Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology, Thousands Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2006. Ref. GN502 .E63 2006.
Encyclopedia of Psychology, New York : J. Wiley & Sons, 1994. Ref. BF31 .E52 1994
International encyclopedia of psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis & neurology, New York : Produced for Aesculapius Publishers by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1977. Ref. RC334 .I57
The MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Sciences, Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1999. Ref. BF311 .M556 1999.

Credo Online Reference Books

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology
Elsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about psychology.
  • Psychology Today
  • Newsweek
  • Time


Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

A comprehensive database with nearly 480 full text titles covering topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study.


ERIC, the U.S. Department of Education Educational Resource Information Center database. Has over 8,000 articles mentioning "child development", 150 mentioning "child psychology", 398 mentioning "developmental psychology" and over 38 mentioning "life span development".

Credo Reference

A database containing good information about psychology.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Psychology Media Suite
378 Minutes
Comprising more than 120 video clips and other media, the Suite is a blend of documentary segments illustrating foundational psychology concepts and principles, reports on cutting-edge research in psychology.

Web sites

There are many good psychology web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 02/08/11 by William Hoag: