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Psychology - Reference Resouces

The reference collection is an excellent place to begin your research if you want to find:

  • a summary of a topic
  • background information on a topic
  • a list of recommended resources
  • factual information

When you find a reference book:

  • Scan the table of contents to see how it is organized.
  • Note its publication date to determine currency of the information.
  • Use the index to locate your topic within the book.

Scroll down for a list of some key resources in the field of Psychology. These titles are located in the reference section.  You can click on this link to perform a search in SAILS using the topic Psychology.

Methods in behavioral research
Contents:  Scientific understanding of behavior -- Where to start -- Ethical research -- Studying behavior -- Measurement concepts -- Observational methods -- Asking people about themselves : survey research -- Experimental design -- Conducting experiments -- Complex experimental designs -- Single case, quasi-experimental, and developmental research -- Understanding research results : description and correlation -- Understanding research results : statistical inference -- Generalizing results. 
BF 76.5 C67 2009

Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Resource for Mental Health and Legal Professionals [electronic resource] 2004 edition.
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Psychology and life
This classic text emphasizes the science of psychology, with a special focus on "applying" that science to students' daily lives. Sensation, Perception, Biology, Motivation, Emotion, Development, Heath, Cognition, Intelligence, Learning, Memory, Personality, Stress, Social Psychology, History of Psychology, Research Methods, Disorders and treatments. Intro to Psych.
REF. BF 121 G47 2008

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology [electronic resource] 2002 edition.
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Psychology as a major : is it right for me and what can I do with my degree?
Schultheiss (counseling, administration, supervision, and adult learning, Cleveland State U.) writes specifically for high school students or undergraduates considering psychology as a major, using self-exploration tools to help students in their determination. Topics include an introduction to the field of psychology, what to expect as an undergraduate major, career counseling, managing stress while choosing a major, getting the most out of a psychology major, the strength of a multi-cultural field, occupational opportunities, and graduate studies.
BF 77 P35 2008  

Forming ethical identities in early childhood play
"This book provides researchers and students with a sound theoretical framework for re-conceptualising significant aspects of pretend play in early childhood. Its many practical illustrations make this a compelling and provocative read for any student taking courses in Early Childhood Studies."--BOOK JACKET.
HQ 782 E35 2007