Psychology Guide

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Finding Articles at UNB Libraries

UNB libraries offers two ways to access research articles:

  1. When you know the name/date/publisher of the article you wish to retrieve, you can use the Catalogue search box on the library home page to gain the most direct access to that article.  Alternately, you can search for articles based on the journal in which they are published using the Journals and Newspapers search box on the same page.
  2. When you don’t have any specific article in mind, or do not know enough details about the article to retrieve it using the library’s catalogue, you can use one (or several) of the library’s article databases to streamline your search.  These databases can be accessed either through the links listed below, or a more comprehensive (though less targeted) list of databases can be found on the Article Databases page of the library website.

The list of databases below offer access to thousands of full-text journal articles and millions of references that pertain to the field of psychology and some of its associated subject areas. 

Key Resources

  • PsycINFO
    PsycINFO is an abstracting and indexing database of more than 2000 journals (approximately 3.3 million records) devoted to peer-reviewed literature (journals, books and dissertations) in the behavioural sciences and mental health.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • PsycTESTS
    PsycTESTS®, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), serves as a repository for a growing selection of psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching. International in scope, PsycTESTS also provides access to an increasing number of tests that are available in languages other than English. PsycTESTS is an authoritative source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. While focused on contemporary instances of test use, coverage spans more than a century.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database. Its extensive scope and content provide users with a wealth of extremely useful information encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 890 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 850 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Medline (1950 to Present)
    "MEDLINE® is the United States National Library of Medicine's (NLM®) premier bibliographic database providing information from the following fields: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine, Allied health, and Pre-clinical sciences. As well, MEDLINE is the primary source of global information from international literature on biomedicine, including the following topics as they relate to biomedicine and health care: Biology, Environmental science, Marine biology, Plant and animal science, Biophysics, and Chemistry."
    50 simultaneous OLRN users.
  • Scopus
    Scopus, a new multidisciplinary online resource, will be invaluable to students and faculty in various fields of study within the sciences, health sciences and the social sciences. Scopus offers full-text linking, abstracting-and-indexing information and provides access to over 66 million abstracts dating back to 1966.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • PsychiatryOnline
    PsychiatryOnline is a website that features DSM-V and The American Journal of Psychiatry as the cornerstones of a collection of psychiatric references, including books, journals, and self-assessment tools. Much more than individual titles, PsychiatryOnline features sophisticated searching and indexing tools that enable users to quickly target all the information needed. Previous editions of DSM are included here for reference and archival purposes. Each edition is provided in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF). Editions included as of January 2014:
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY)
    " Produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, the Mental Measurements Yearbook™ (MMY) provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts. To be included in the MMY, a test must be commercially available, be published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series. First published by Oscar K. Buros, the MMY series allows users to make knowledgeable judgments and informed selection decisions about the increasingly complex world of testing. MMY provides coverage from Volume 9 to the present."
    4 simultaneous users.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI : EBSCO)
    Health and Psychosocial Instruments is a bibliographic database with abstracts produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services (BMDS). It is used to find citations to and information about information-gathering tools for clinicians, such as questionnaires, interview schedules, tests, checklists, rating and other scales, coding schemes, and projective techniques. Over 2/3 of the tools are in medical and nursing areas such pain measurement, quality of life assessment, and drug efficacy evaluation. The database contains citations to actual test documents that copyright holders authorize BMDS to make available; bibliographic citations to journal articles which contain information about specific test instruments; and a catalog of commercial test publishers and their available instruments.
    5 simultaneous users.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    Social Services Abstracts "provide bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Sociological Abstracts "covers the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behaviorial sciences."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) Reference (ProQuest)
    Please note: CBCA Reference is now searchable as part of the larger CBCA Complete collection. Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete is the nation's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic full-text reference and current events database. Available through the ProQuest Web interface, CBCA Complete combines full text and indexed content from all four CBCA database subsets (Business, Current Events, Education, and Reference). Subject coverage is comprehensive and information is available from the broadest range of Canadian sources anywhere.
    NOTE: In certain instances ProQuest has decided to omit particular 'articles' from full-text access due to copyright restrictions or because the item has not met their criteria for being an 'article' (ie. too short, a letter, not attributed to an author, etc.).
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • PILOTS Database
    The PILOTS bibliographic database, covering the Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress, is produced at the headquarters of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in White River Junction, Vermont. The PILOTS database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts
    Violence & Abuse Abstracts publishes 1,200 abstracts annually plus and extended bibliography of recent literature on all types of interpersonal violence, including sexual, physical and psychological child abuse, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and harassment, hate crimes, workplace violence, gang violence, elder abuse and neglect. Each abstract is categorized into one of four distinct sections: medical, legal, psychological and social.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Reference Sources

Explore the Reference Universe

Reference Universe searches through article titles and back-of-the-book indexes from over 20,000 print and electronic reference works at UNB Libraries and beyond. Search results from Reference Universe will provide you with quick links to UNB WorldCat (to locate print materials on the shelf) and to many of our online reference materials.

Key Resources

  • APA--Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [multiple locations HIL-REFDSK BF 76.7 .P83 2010b]

    6th ed., 2nd printing [with corrections]

    The style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences, this updated "Publication Manual" provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a classification of mental disorders with associated criteria designed to facilitate more reliable diagnoses of these disorders. With successive editions over the past 60 years, it has become a standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd Ed.)
    see also [HIL-REF H41 .I58 2001 vols. 1-26]
    Fully revised and updated, the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001, offers a source of social and behavioral sciences reference material that is broader and deeper than any other. Available in both print and online editions, it comprises over 3,900 articles, commissioned by 71 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

    UNB has online access to the 2001 edition as well as owning print volumes of the earlier edition.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology [HIL-REF BF76.5 .A73 2012 v.1 - v. 3]

    V.1: Foundations, planning, measures, and psychometrics --
    V. 2: Research designs : quantitative, qualitative, neuropsychological, and biological --
    V. 3: Data analysis and research publication.

Additional Resources

  • Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment [HIL-REF BF176 .C654 2003 vols. 1-4]

    The four volumes of this ambitious reference (edited by Hersen, Pacific U., Forest Grove, Oregon, assisted by an editor for each volume) cover, respectively, intellectual and neuro-psychological assessment, personality assessment, behavioral assessment, and industrial and organizational assessment; they are available individually or as a set. Among the topics in v.1: theories of intelligence, language assessment in children, memory and learning in adults, and the "cultural" in cross-cultural neuropsychology. Chapters in volume 2 are divided into objective and projective assessment and address such topics as the 16PF questionnaire; the diagnostic interview schedule; and projective assessment of object relations, malingering, personality in forensic settings, and affect in children's play. The third volume includes coverage of causal models of behavior disorders, principles of behavioral observations, assessment in work settings, and the DSM system. For industrial and organizational assessment (v.4), chapters are grouped into sections on cognitive ability; basic skills; personality, integrity, and interests; biographical, experience data, and interviews; job-specific knowledge and skills; simulations and assessment centers; job performance, teams, and teamwork; and employee reactions to the workplace. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Oxford handbook of quantitative methods, Volume 1: Foundations

    The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods is the complete tool box to deliver the most valid and generalizable answers to today's complex research questions. It is a one-stop source for learning and reviewing current best-practices in quantitative methods as practiced in the social, behavioral, and educational sciences. Comprising two volumes, this handbook covers a wealth of topics related to quantitative research methods.

  • Oxford handbook of quantitative methods, Volume 2: Statistical analysis

    The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods is the complete tool box to deliver the most valid and generalizable answers to today's complex research questions. It is a one-stop source for learning and reviewing current best-practices in quantitative methods as practiced in the social, behavioral, and educational sciences. Comprising two volumes, this handbook covers a wealth of topics related to quantitative research methods.

  • Dictionary of psychology, A
    "Written by a leading authority, with the assistance of a distinguished team of advisory editors, this comprehensive dictionary is essential reading for professional psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, and students of psychology and related disciplines such as nursing, sociology, social work, and education. There is comprehensive coverage of phobias and phobic stimuli and mental disorders."
    5 simultaneous users.
  • Oxford Reference
    Multi-part database of the online versions of Oxford University Press texts. Each topical division contains the searchable version of the latest edition of published dictionaries and encyclopedias. Additionally, information about Oxford University Press is provided. Online texts will be updated after new editions of the print monographs are published. Covers the humanities and social sciences.
    5 simultaneous users.
  • Blackwell Reference Online
    WARNING: This resource loads slowly and may need a page reload. Blackwell Reference Online "is a vast new online library giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the humanities and social sciences. With more than 350 reference volumes to be published in Blackwell Reference Online by the end of 2008, it is the largest academic reference collection available online and includes the critically-acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks, major reference works such as the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and the Companion to Syntax, and a whole host of other valuable reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and concise companions."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Find Books

Finding Books at UNB Libraries

UNB Libraries uses WorldCat to track and retrieve items in our collection.  Integrated directly with our library home page, UNB WorldCat is accessible through the Catalogue search box or through the search window provided below. Using the search boxes and the clickable options located near them, you can retrieve information about books, e-books, DVDs, and other multi-media resources available at UNB and at other libraries worldwide.

Once you have found the item you are looking for, use the call number listed in the search results (if it is a physical item) to locate it on our library shelves.  Click HERE for information on how to read call numbers.  Alternately, you can visit the Research Help Desks for assistance in locating items in the library.

Search UNB WorldCat:     

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If you locate resources in your search that are not available through UNB Libraries, you may be able to borrow them from another library using our document delivery service.  Visit the Document Delivery page for information about how to request resources and library policies associated with such requests.

E-book Collection: PsycBOOKS

PsycBOOKS®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of approximately 32,000 chapters in PDF from over 2,000 books published by APA and other distinguished publishers, and includes digitized content of historical significance from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection. It also contains close to 1,500 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology. PsycBOOKS is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®.

Browsing Shelves

To browse the shelves for books in psychology, try the following ranges.

RC, BF Clinical Psychology
RC, BF Developmental Psychology
HD, HF Industrial/Organizational Psychology
HM, BF Social Psychology
BD, BF, RC Cognitive Psychology
QL ,QP Behavioural Neuroscience
H1-99  HM 401-1281
(Prior to 1999, HM1-299 was used)
Sociology (General)
H1-99 Social Sciences (General)
 

 

Research Tools

Video Tutorials

Online searching is something that almost everyone does almost every day.  We are all familiar with Google's search box, and most of us contribute to the trillions of searches performed in that search engine annually.  The frequency with which we perform online searches has made us all 'pretty good' at Googling.  Everyone gets stumped eventually, however, and everyone misses things we wished we'd caught.

These video tutorials provide brief introductions to a few techniques we can use to help us when (or even before) we get stuck.  Enjoy!

Boolean Operators (Part 1)

 

This video provides a brief introduction to Boolean operators. It discusses each Boolean term that you are likely to encounter, and provides examples of what happens when they are used in online searching.

Transcript: Boolean Operators (Part 1)

Boolean Operators (Part 2)

This video complements Boolean Operators (Part 1) by describing 6 steps towards efficient and systematic use of Boolean operators in a research database. You will be walked through the process using a real research question and the popular EBSCO database CINAHL.

 

Transcript: Boolean Operators (Part 2)

Generating Synonyms

 

One of the challenges in performing a search is coming up with (and searching) all the terms that can be used to described a concept or idea. This brief video describes two great techniques you can use to help you with this.

 

Other Useful Tools

    Glossary of Library Research Terms

    The Glossary of Library Research Terms is a miniature dictionary that provides definitions (and often explanations) about many of the terms used in libraries, publishing and other scholarly activities.  Although it is unlikely that most students would need to know all the terms available in this glossary, it is a great place to look when you are having trouble understanding a research task or assignment.  Some of the definitions available in the glossary include:

    • Annotated Bibliography
    • Controlled Vocabulary
    • FirstSearch (WorldCat)
    • Periodical
    • Systematic Review

      Citing Your Sources

      Citing your Sources

      Accurate, properly formatted footnotes, reading lists, and bibliographies are hallmarks of good academic research. Through citing, you acknowledge the source of any ideas you mention in your writing, document your research, and provide the information your readers need to track down your sources. Numerous citation styles exist, and each specifies what elements are required (title, author, journal name, etc.) and how the citation should be formatted. The standard citation style for Psychology is APA (American Psychological Association).

      • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2nd printing [with corrections]
        HIL-REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010b

      UNB Libraries and UNB Writing and Study Skills Center provide a number of brief guides to citing various types of information sources, as well as a guide to avoiding inadvertent plagiarism:

      Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) maintains extensive resources and instructional material on APA style and formatting:

      Zotero is a web-based citation manager, available freely online, that allows you to create a database of references that can be organized, searched, and used to automatically construct bibliographies and reading lists in many citation styles.

      • Zotero
        (http://lib.unb.ca/guides/view/index.php/683)

      Other Useful Tools

      Guide to Citation and Plagiarism

      UNB Libraries' Guide to Citation and Plagiarism covers many issues related to citation and plagiarism, including:

      • The differences between quoting, paraphrasing and plagiarizing
      • The reason behind (and importance of) accurate and consistent citation in scholarly works
      • Some tips and tricks for avoiding accidental plagiarism
      • Links to formatting and citation information

       

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