Library shelves

Psychology:  Key Library Sources

Reference Books (atlases, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, gazetteers, handbooks, statistical compilations, and style guides)

  • Dictionary:  Penguin Dictionary of Psychology  (Ref BF31 .R43)
  • Encyclopedias:  Encyclopedia of Psychology  (Ref BF31 E52);  Magill's Encylcopedia of Social Science: Psychology (Ref BF31 M33);  Encyclopedia of Human Behavior  (Ref BF31 E5);
  • Handbooks:  Oxford Companion to the Mind   (Ref BF31 .O94);  Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment (Ref BF176 C654)

Gale Virtual Reference Library has these encyclopedias:

  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders , 2v,  2003
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology , 2nd ed.,  2001
  • Learning and Memory , 2nd ed.,  2003

Oxford Reference has these titles:

  • The Oxford Companion to the Mind
  • A Dictionary of Psychology


Library’s Online Catalog:  Online Catalog  (lists books and other materials in the library)

Examples of searches in the online catalog:

Author:  Freud Sigmund 
Title:  Interpretation of Dreams
Subject:  Psychology Experimental 
Keyword Anywhere:  Bipolar Disorder
Call Number:  BF1078 .F72  
Command Search:  Bipolar and Disorder

Most print books in psychology are filed in the BF section.

E-books:  Ebsco eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary)    (general topics, including psychology)
Specialized encyclopedias:  Gale Virtual Reference Library

(databases may include journal articles, newspapers, books, media, reference items, and more)

Databases covering general topics, including psychology:

General OneFile 
Wilson OmniFile 
Academic OneFile 
InfoTrac Newspapers 
America’s Newspapers

Psychology Database: PsycARTICLES   (full-text articles from journals published by the APA (the American Psychological Association), the CPA (the Canadian Psychological Association), and others)

Other Databases to Consider:

CINAHL with Full Text
General Science Full Text
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Nursing & Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive

For a complete list of databases:  Databases A-Z
Locate specific journals:  Journals by Title  (does the library have access to Psychology Today?)

Please note: The articles in the article databases are not “internet” sources. Materials in article databases have been selected by reputable publishers and editors for their accuracy, authority, currency, and objectivity.

Citing Sources

From Purdue University:  Purdue MLA Examples
From Purdue University:  Purdue APA Examples
From Ohio State University:  Ohio State MLA Examples
From Ohio State University:  Ohio State APA Examples
Print copies of the MLA and APA Style Manuals are on reserve at most Columbia State Library locations.  
Most library databases will show how to cite articles in MLA and APA style.  Consult the librarian.

Contact the Library

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Kathy Breeden  (Columbia, Lewisburg);; 931-540-2555
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Stop by the Columbia State campus library closest to you and consult with the librarian or library assistant. 
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