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PSYC 2310 - Experimental Methods and Statistics

Posted: Jan 12, 2017

During the initial stages of your research, identifying and defining your basic premise, hypothesis, or topic, you may need to consult basic reference sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, and handbooks.

Blackwell encyclopedia of social psychology. Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1999, 1995. [also available online]

Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science. New York : Wiley, c2001. [ also available online 2001]
BF31 .E52 2001

Encyclopedia of human behavior. San Diego, CA : Academic Press, c1994.
BF31 .E5 1994 Library Use Only

Encyclopedia of human emotions. New York : Macmillan Reference USA, c1999.
BF531 .E55 1999

Encyclopedia of mental health. San Diego : Academic Press, c1998.
RA790.5 .E53 1998

Encyclopedia of psychology. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
BF31 .E52 2000

Encyclopedia of stress. Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c1999.
BF575.S75 M235 1999

MIT encyclopedia of the cognitive sciences. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1999.
BF311 .M556 1999 Library Use Only


Roeckelein, Jon E. Dictionary of theories, laws, and concepts in psychology. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
[ also available online ]
BF31 .R625 1998

Stuart-Hamilton, Ian. Dictionary of cognitive psychology. London ; Bristol, Pa. : J. Kingsley, c1995.
BF201 .S78 1995

Research guides

Reed, Jeffrey G. Library use : a handbook for psychology. 2d ed. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c1992.
BF76.8 .R43 1991

Sternberg, Robert J. The psychologist's companion : a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers. Cambridge (England) ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
BF76.8 .S73 1993

Street, Warren R. A chronology of noteworthy events in American psychology. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c1994.
BF108.U5 S77 1994

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2010.
BF76.7 .P83 2010 Library Use Only

Gelfand, Harold. Mastering APA style : Student's workbook and training guide. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 1994.
BF76.7 .G44 1990

The psychology student writer's manual. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2002.
BF76.8 .P76 2002

Rosnow, Ralph L. Writing papers in psychology : a student guide. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth Thomson Learning, c2001. 5th ed.
BF76.7 .R67 2001

Among the online guides available on the Libraries Help pages, you will find a number of guides that will help you search the online catalog effectively. These include:

Interlibrary Loan and ILLiad

No one library can possible have all the books necessary to support the wide-ranging research interests of its users. If you do not locate books appropriate to your research in our catalog, you should search WorldCat, an international online catalog of books, journals, maps, audiovisual materials, and Internet sites available from American and foreign libraries. If you locate books or other research materials in WorldCat, you can request to borrow them through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. In order to use the ILL service, you must first register as an ILLiad user. This is a free registration that allows us to verify you as a Rensselaer user and provides us with your contact information so that we can keep you informed on the status of your requests.

Identifying and locating journal articles

PsycINFO : The primary resource for researching the journal literature in psychology and other behavioral sciences is PsycINFO, the online version of the print tool Psychological Abstracts. PsycINFO contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports, all in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Journal coverage, dating back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals written in over 30 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material published from 1987-present. Over 60,000 references are added annually through weekly updates.

PsycARTICLES® is a definitive source of searchable full text articles on current issues in psychology. The PsycARTICLES database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 25,000 searchable full text articles from 38 journals published by the APA and 4 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 42 journals. Coverage spans from 1988 to the present.

Other possible databases that may include articles related to certain aspects of psychology:

  • Academic Search Premier : information from a wide range of academic areas including business, social sciences, humanities, general academic, general science, education and multicultural studies.
  • ERIC Educational Resources Information Service through EBSCO; and through the U.S. Dept. of Education (fulltext of documents).
  • Research Library : information from over 1800 newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics including the arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, sciences.

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