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This information was created to help students and non-psychologists find relevant research on psychological topics. For detailed information on using the resources, simply click on the links for more information.
Resources in Psychology
"I'm interested in the topic of dreaming, and I'd like to find an article on it. I'm not a psychologist, so I don't want anything that is too technical. Where can I find some easy-to-read articles that discuss research and topics in this area of psychology?"
APA receives many requests from individuals looking for general information on psychological topics. These topics include a wide range of issues, from ability tests for employees to research on drugs and the brain, school violence, the impact of AIDS on family members, and the ways in which children learn. A variety of resources about psychology are available on the Internet or at any library, including books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets and electronic resources.
Many library resources may be available without leaving your home or office. Your topic can be easily located using the online catalog and web-based indexes or subject guides and databases. The databases are generally listed by subject category and will help you find resources in a wide array of fields, including psychology.
Some sources include the Health and Wellness Resource Center, Health Source, Consumer Edition, and Medline or PubMED, an authoritative source produced by the National Library of Medicine. Indexes, such as the Readerís Guide to Periodical Literature, may also be available to point you to popular sources of information such as magazines and newspapers. Consult your reference librarian for step-by-step instruction.
The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature is available in print and electronic formats and will give you easy access to topics from the popular literature and newspapers in a broad range of topics. The index will enable you to search by subject area or topic and will provide author, title and publication information and an abstract of the article. Instructions located in the front of each issue list the magazines and newspapers they tap, along with easy-to-follow instructions for using the Reader's Guide to search by topic or author and for finding citations in an interest area.
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