Psychology Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of psychology.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


A Psychiatric Glossary:  The Meaning of Terms Frequently Used in Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association (1975).  Call no.:  REF 616.89 American.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Guide to Mental Health.  Lois B. Morris Editorial Director (1992).  Call no.:  616/90 Columbia. 

Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.  Harold I. Kaplan, M.D. and Benjamin J. Sadock, M.D. Editors (1995).  Call no:  Ref 616.89 Comprehensive.

The Harvard Guide to Psychiatry.  Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D., Editor (1999).  Call no.:  Ref 616.89 Harvard.

Mental Retardation:  An Atlas of Diseases with Associated Physical Abnormalities.  Lewish B. Holmes, M.D. et al (1972).  Call no.: REF 616.8588 Mental.

Too Fat or Too Thin? A Reference Guide to Eating Disorders.  Cynthia R. Kalodner (2003).  Call no.: REF 616.8526 Kalodner.


A Dictionary of Psychotherapy, Sue Walrond-Skinner (1986).  Call no.:  REF 616.8914 Wal.

Psychiatric Dictionary, Sixth Edition.  Robert J. Campbell (1989).  Call no.:  REF 616.89 Cam.


Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears and Anxieties.  Ronald M. Doctor, Ph.D. and Ada P. Kahn (1989).  Call no.: REF 616.8522.

Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Second Edition.  Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D. and Jan Fawcett, M.D. (2001).  Call no.: REF 616.89 Kahn.


Handbook of Innovative Psychotherapies.  Raymond J. Corsini, editor (1981).  Call no.: REF 616.8914 HAN.


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.  American Psychiatric Association (2000).  Call no:  REF 616.89 Diagnostic.

The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on psychology. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books.When searching by subject, consider using one or more of these examples of subject headings below:

Abnormal psychology                                              Child psychotherapy
Anxiety disorders                                                    Depression, mental
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder                    Mental disorders
Autism--Psychological aspects                                 Post traumatic stress
Bipolar disorder                                                       Seasonal affective disorder
Borderline personality disorder                                                   

Connect to SNAP catalog

The following databases may be useful in locating information on anatomy and physiology. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card
or e-card to access them.

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Academic OneFile (Gale)
E-books (Ebsco)
Lexis-Nexis Academic on campus use only
General OneFile (Gale) 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection 
Student Resources In Context  

PILOTS Database  
The PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. There is no charge for using the database, and no account or password is required. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among veterans. 


JAMA:  The Journal of the American Medical Association.  Call Number:  MAGZIN

NIH Medline Plus.   Call Number:  MAGZIN 

Science.  Call Number:  MAGZIN


Provides over 2000 links to psychology-related web sites in all research areas.

A site that provides information in the fields of developmental and applied psychology.

Classics in the History of Psychology
Developed by Christopher Green, a psychology professor at York University in Toronto, Canada.  This site contains online texts for a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines.

Cogprints was developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.  It is an open repository for author self-archiving.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Created by William Palya at the Department of Psychology, Jacksonville State University, this online encyclopedia contains useful links to the history of psychology and its people, paradigms and theories, careers in psychology, publications and more.

Online Psychology Degree Resources
This site provides a gateway to many subtopics in psychology.

Psychology Virtual Library
A gateway to Internet sources on psychology which includes psychology department home pages, scholarly societies, electronic journals, book publishers, self-help resources and more.

This site contains psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology.

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Last updated:  Feb 28, 2012                                                                  Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery