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Resource Guide for Psychology Students

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This guide provides a summary of the information resources (print, electronic and web-based) that are available through the Ivy Tech Libraries. It is not meant to be all-inclusive; there may be alternative resources available that are not listed here. Please ask a librarian for assistance if you do not find the information you need through this guide.

For another version of this Psychology Subject Guide, see LibGuides.


You can find information in magazine and journal articles. Articles may be found in either print, electronic or online versions of periodicals to which the Ivy Tech Libraries subscribe.

  • In-print copies:

Current issues of magazines and journals held by the library in print format may be found on display racks in the Periodicals section. Back issues are shelved in another area. Those available on campus/es (current and back issues up to two years) include: Journal of Progressive Human Services, Psychotherapy Networker, Psychology Today, Harvard Mental Health Letter.

  • Electronic article databases:
    To search electronic databases for articles, you can use the Virtual Library tab in Campus Connect and click Search & Find Articles, or just click a link below (PsycArticles will be the one you want most of the time).
  • Health & Wellness Research Center (GALE) -- Health reference materials with journals and magazines [I've heard this database is going to take a more consumer focus; but in the meantime is great for reference and background material. We may be subscribing to their more professional product soon.]
  • Opposing Viewpoints -- Provides essay and statistical articles/chapters from books, as well as journal and magazine articles, and more; on a broad spectrum of controversial issues.
  • ProQuest Research Library -- A multidisciplinary database with full-text of over 2500 journals from 1972 forward; includes Research Library, ProQuest Nursing Journals, Criminal Justice, and Career and Technical Education Collections.
  • PsycARTICLES -- PsycARTICLES is the definitive source of searchable full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.

Access to specific magazines and journals online can be found using IvyJo. (For a list of electronic magazines and journals related to psychology use the box for "Browse e-journals by subject" and choose: Social Sciences; Psychology is a sub-category.)

Find e-journals by title or ISSN

Browse e-journals by subject

Some sample IvyJo searches (numbers may not be current):


Use IvyCat (Ivy Tech) and WorldCat (for other libraries) to search for print materials. (To see localized holdings or make interlibrary loan requests (that's borrowing from other libraries), choose your campus location for WorldCat here: Anderson; Marion; Muncie.) Use the search boxes below for quick searches, but you will need the links above for more search features (and interlibrary loan).

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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IvyCat is the Ivy Tech Libraries' online catalog (for items owned by Ivy Tech libraries). You can perform a search in IvyCat (or other catalogs) using a set of keywords or subjects (or any of several other criteria if needed). The following are some official subject terms you can use to search for psychology topics:

  • Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Psychology Pathological (use for abnormal psychology)
  • Mental Illness
  • Mental Health
  • Counseling
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Death
  • Suicide
  • To look up various mental illnesses/conditions, type in the illness and select search everything

  • To look up a psychologist's works, type in the name and select author; to find criticisms/interpretations of a psychologist, type in the name and select subject. [See the specialized encyclopedia listed in the Reference section below; and also Biography Resource Center.]

  • Call number areas to browse (for any book collection):

    "BF" area of General Collection and Reference for psychology. Related "mental health" topics will be in the "RC" section.

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Reference books typically provide basic information such as additional sources of information, biographical sketches and details, definitions or statistical information. Reference books do not circulate; they must be used in the library.

Some titles about psychology topics available in the Reference Collection include:

  • Dictionary of Psychology / Andrew Colman, editor. Reference: BF 31 .C65 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology / Alan E. Kazdin, editor. 8 vols. Reference: BF31 .E52 2000.
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders / Ellen Thackery and Madeline Harris, editors. 2 vols. Reference: RC 437 .G35 2003.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Emotions / Davis Levinson, et al., editors. 2 vols. Reference: BF 531 .E55 1999.
  • Primer on Mental Disorders / Thomas E. Allen, et al. Reference: RC 454 .P684 2001.
  • Psychology and Mental Health, Vol.1: Abnormality -- Grief and Guilt / Jaclyn Rodriguez, editor. (Magill's Choice) Reference: RC 437 .P795 2001.
  • Encyclopedia of Memory and Memory Disorders / Richard Noll and Carol Turkington. Reference: BF 371 .N55 1994.
  • Encyclopedia of Schizophrenia and the Psychotic Disorders / Richard Noll. Reference: RC 514 .N63 1991.
  • Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders / Michael J. Thorpy and Jan Yager. Reference: RC 547 .Y34 2001.
  • DSM-IV: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders / American Psychiatric Association. Reference: RC 455.2 .C4D54 1994.

See Credo Reference for an electronic reference collection of over 200 ebooks.

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers these two on medical/mental health topics:

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers these on social science topics:

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Ebooks are electronic texts from Ivy Tech's collection of full-text online books. In general, ebooks about medical topics may be found in NetLibrary and ebrary, both accessible from the Virtual Library under Search & Find Books.

   For ebooks available freely on the Internet, try Google Books:

Google Book Search

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Images and Videos

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The following websites are not affiliated with Ivy Tech Community College.

  • Alley Dog: The Psychology Student's Best Friend -- "Our mission is to help you enjoy learning about psychology and succeed in your classes." Offers a psychology glossary, forums, reviewed sites, grad school search, word of the day, and "Get Better Grades."
  • American Psychological Association --"Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide."  It hosts a very deep website with a multitude of services and information; also sponsors PsycINFO, a searchable database of abstracts (for a fee), and PsycARTICLES Direct for full-text articles, which charges $11.95/article (but we now have free-to-you access to PsycARTICLES through EBSCO).
    • APA HelpCenter  -- "The APA HelpCenter offers information on coping with job insecurity and stress, family situations, the 'mind-body connection,' mental health conditions, therapy and how to find a psychologist."
    • APA Style Electronic References  --  "Provides an excerpt from the 5th edition of the APA Publication Manual focusing on commonly asked questions on citing electronic media."
    • APA Ethics Office -- New ethics code went into effect June 1, 2003; other resources available.
    • Psycoloquy (ISSN 1055-0143) is a refereed international, interdisciplinary electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA) and indexed by APA's PsycINFO and the Institute for Scientific Information. Psycoloquy publishes articles and peer commentary in all areas of psychology as well as cognitive science, neuroscience, behavioral biology, artificial intelligence, robotics/vision, linguistics and philosophy. [Link takes you to an archive, because software upgrades have necessitated suspension of current publication, 4/3/08.]
  • AmoebaWeb -- AmoebaWeb is an American Psychological Association Website of the Month, providing over 2000 links to psychology content (including full-text articles) freely available on the Web (The History of Psychology is just one topic covered in depth.).  It is maintained by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D.Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California (who seems to keep it very up-to-date).
  • Association for Psychological Science -- "The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level." -- includes full-text reports and journal articles (some for members only). 
  • Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence--includes a literature database.
  • Classics in the History of Psychology --(York University, Canada)
    An Internet resource developed by Christopher D. Green as "an effort to make the full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines available on the World Wide Web."  Includes complete texts of key works by Binet, Freud, William James, John Dewey, Skinner, Terman, Watson, and more.
  • Community Psychology Network--a central site for community psychology resources--discussion groups, book reviews, job listings, course materials, funding sources, etc.  "Welcome to the award winning, searchable, comprehensive guide to the field of community psychology, prevention, intervention, and action research. This site is meant to be a resource for educators, professionals, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and others who are interested in learning more about the fascinating field of community psychology." [Offline on 4/3/08, but promises to be back.]
  • Definitions and Issues in Psychology--online course modules by Ronald W. Mayer, San Francisco State University, January 20, 2008. [as of 4/3/08]
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology --over 2000 links from people & history to careers to theories and much more. From Jacksonville State University.
  • ePsych -- An electronic psychology text, "This site is designed to teach about psychological processes in a rich experiential setting. But we don't want to be dull and boring along the way. Cheesy? Sure! Silly? No doubt! Stuffy? Never!!! Asking ridiculous rhetorical questions? Guess I'll plead no contest there!  At this site, you can learn some amazing things about how the mind works. Our goal is to produce a 'natural' interactive multimedia educational website that teaches visitors about the mind." From Mississippi State University.
  • Fenichel's Current Topics in Psychology -- Dr. Michael Fenichel shares some of the best articles, websites and research tools he has found, assembled for easy reference.  (Professor and clinical psychologist)
  • Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by the Alice!, Health Promotion Program at Columbia University � a division of Health Services at Columbia, with three primary features: 1) Q and A's of the Week give you the most recently published inquiries and responses � this section is updated every Friday. 2) Search GAA! lets you find health information by subject via a search of the ever-growing Go Ask Alice! archives containing over 3,000 previously-posted questions and answers, and reader responses. 3) Ask Alice! gives you the chance to ask and submit a question to Alice!
  • Group Dynamics Resource Page -- Dr. Donelson Forsyth, University of Richmond, sponsors a content-rich page on this topic.
  • Guide for Writing Research Papers based on Styles Recommended by the American Psychological Association--footnoting, presentation of bibliographies, how to handle quotations, charts, figures, etc., from University of Wisconsin.
  • History & Philosophy of Psychology -- Site is maintained by Christopher D. Green of York University, Toronto, Ontario and last updated in 2005, though some internal pages had later dates, such as 2007 [4/3/08].
  • Human Body and Mind --Fascinating BBC site explores the human body and mind. Features include: Interactive Body, Psychological Tests and Human Instinct.
  • The Human Nature Review edited by Ian Pitchford and Robert M. Young --An award-winning multidisciplinary site. Our goal is to bring into communication the variety of approaches to the understanding of human nature which have a regrettable tendency to be less in touch with one another than they might. We make welcome writings and discussions on anthropology, archaeology, artificial intelligence, behaviour genetics, cognitive science, developmental psychology, economics, ethology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, genetics, law, linguistics, neuropsychology, neuroscience, palaeoanthropology, philosophy, politics, primatology, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, sociology, sociobiology, and debates about them; history, philosophy and social studies in the human sciences; Darwinian scholarship; hermeneutics; biography and autobiography; psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches and so on. This list of topics and disciplines is meant to be suggestive, not exhaustive."
  • Internet Mental Health (Canada) -- A large site that aspires to be "a free encyclopedia of mental health information." Includes a page of links to online information relevant to mental health issues. Maintained by Phillip W. Long, M.D.
  • MedWeb (Emory U., USA) -- A very extensive, topically organized, list or catalog of links from the Emory U. Health Sciences Center Library that include (but are not limited to) psychology and mental health. Keyword searchable.
  • Mental Help Net--disorders and treatment, plus more.  The website participates in the CenterSite Network of behavioral healthcare websites, providing these resources:  community, news, book review, psych self-help, self-help groups, tests, symptoms, medications, videos, glossary, phone numbers, therapists/clinics--a Forbes.com Best of the Web winner for 2001.  ["CMHC Systems, a recognized leader in the development and delivery of information technology for healthcare and human services organizations and an active force in a nationwide HIPAA awareness campaign, is pleased to announce the ranking of its web site, Mental Health Net, as one of Forbes Magazines' Favorites. -- all indications point to this being the predecessor of Mental Help Net.  If so, it is a "not-for-profit organization devoted to mental health information and education resources online, the largest review guide of mental health, psychology, and psychiatry resources online today," says Dr. Franklin of Psychology Information Online]
  • Methods in Behavioral Research--a text by Paul C. Cozby of Cal State Fullerton. Each chapter is supplemented with links on online resources.   Web site provides resources for Methods in Behavioral Research, a text for research methods courses in psychology and other behavioral sciences. This Web site is organized by the chapters in the book. Each chapter lists Web resources that you can access to enhance learning about and teaching research methods. The links will open in a new window so you won't lose this site while exploring research topics. There are also practice quizzes for each chapter and files for downloading.
  • MuSICA Music & Science Information Computer Archive -- MuSICA currently provides all issues of MuSICA Research Notes. MRN is a newsletter of analysis and commentary on the broad field of research on music and behavior, including evolution, brain mechanisms, child development, perception, learning, memory, performance, health and related topics. The author of all material is Dr. Norman M. Weinberger.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill--contains detailed information on specific disorders, medications, etc. Also look at Facts for statistics. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses. For recent information about specific disorders or treatments, see the Research News page.
  • National Institute of Mental Health--of particular interest are the public information on disorders and medications, and the research reports.
  • National Strategy for Suicide Prevention -- a collaborative effort of  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP)  -- The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) develops and distributes teaching and advising materials and provides services to teachers of psychology at all levels on behalf of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • PsychCentral--includes professional reviews of sites, symptom lists from the DSM, booklists, articles, resource library, disorders, quizzes, etc. from Dr. John Grohol, a "one-stop index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet, since 1992."
  • Psychiatry and the Law--Dr. James F. Hooper of the award-winning Forensic Psychiatry text hosts this site, which includes summaries of relevant court cases, APA position statements, links to other mental health sites.
  • Psychiatry OnLine -- The International Forum for Psychiatry - the world's First Internet Medical Journal. Editor: Dr Ben Green, MB, ChB, MRCPsych ILTM. University of Liverpool.  Includes articles and links for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mental Health, Forensic psychiatry, and international links.
  • PsycLine  Your guide to psychology and social science journals on the web. "...is an index of 1,600+ online psychology and social science journals. It links you to journal home pages and journal information on the web. You may use it to find out about existing journals in the field, contact publishers, browse tables of contents and abstracts, locate online articles, and much more. Links to Psychological Journals covers English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish language journals." By Armin Gunther, Augsburg, in cooperation with Martien Brand, Amsterdam
  • Psychology.net -- daily psychology news.  Psychology.net is committed to providing psychology students, teachers and professionals an on-ramp to the Internet with up-to-date information on the Interactive world of Psychology on the Internet. --Randy Padawer, Ph.D.
  • The Psychology of Cyberspace--"This hypertext book explores the psychological aspects of environments created by computers and online networks," by Dr. John Suler. Author also has a blog on the subject.
  • Psychology Information Online --"Psychology Information Online provides a central place on the Internet for information about the practice of psychology. Psychology Information Online provides information about psychological diagnosis, disorders and problems, psychotherapy and counseling (including family therapy, couple counseling and group therapy), behavior therapy (stress management and relaxation skills training, assertiveness training, desensitization for phobias, parenting skills, etc.), psychological evaluations and testing, and other treatment services, and also provides information about Forensic psychology and psychological consultations for legal matters."  Dr. Donald J. Franklin (licensed psychologist in New Jersey) organizes his site for 3 groups: consumers, psychologists and mental health professionals, and students. (given a 4-star rating by Mental Health Net (mentalhelp.net)
  • Psychology with Style: A Hypertext Writing Guide (for the 5th edition of the APA Manual)--a psychology professor explains how to write psychology papers following APA guidelines. Many will find him clearer than the APA Publication Manual.
  • Psychology WWW Virtual Library -- The Psychology Virtual Library keeps track of online information as part of The World Wide Web Virtual Library. Sites are inspected and evaluated for their adequacy as information sources before they are linked from here.  Categories of links include clinical social work, electronic and print journals, and other directories.
  • PsychScholar  -- A Collection of Web Resources for Psychological Scholars and Budding Psychological Scholars by John H. Krantz, Ph.D., Hanover College.  Features several sections:
  • PsychWatch --"The online resource for professionals in psychology and psychiatry. Psychwatch began in April, 1998 as a weekly email Newsletter detailing events and internet-related developments in the mental health field. It has since evolved into a global communication and information network, providing information to those in the healthcare and mental health care fields.  The Psychwatch Newsletter has a readership of over 12,000 professionals and students in at least 75 different countries. Our website continues to expand, and Psychwatch continues to develop into new areas to better serve its audience.  Fritz Galette and Chris Nuesell  received their  [PhD] degrees from Fordham University in New York."
    • Psychwatch Online Text & Tutorials Page -- the Psychwatch page of Online Textbooks, Papers, and Tutorials. This page may be of use to both Professionals who are teaching, as well as to students at all levels of graduate and undergraduate study.
  • Psychweb -- Psychology Resources Arranged by Topic
  • Research Randomizer: Instant Random Sampling & Random Assignment -- This web site is designed to assist researchers and students who want an easy way to perform random sampling or assign participants to experimental conditions. Research Randomizer can be used in a wide variety of situations, including psychological experimentation, medical trials, and survey research. The program uses a JavaScript random number generator to produce customized sets of random numbers.  Also includes tutorial to show some examples of how Research Randomizer can be used for random sampling and random assignment.
  • SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center --United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this web site and more than 200 publications.]
  • School Psychology Resources Online--a guide to info on counseling, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, etc.  [School Psychology Resources for Psychologists, Parents and Educators -- Research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.] Maintained by Sandra Koser Steingart, Ph.D.
  • Science.gov topic: Mental Health and Behavior -- Subsection of Science.gov to give you a sampling of government information on mental health (see other list below).
  • Sensation/Perception Jeopardy -  Linda Walsh's Jeopardy Game for her Introduction to Psychology students. 
  • Sense and Perception resource -- The Physiology of the Senses: Transformations for Perception and Action Tutis Vilis, University of Western Ontario, Canada provides 12 lessons on sense and perception topics with Flash instruction files, PDF files, problem sets, and related links for each lesson. (Very nice!)
  • Sniffy, the Virtual Lab Rat - "Sniffy the Virtual Rat, is a fun, interactive software program that gives undergraduate students a virtual laboratory experience . . . without all the drawbacks of using a real laboratory rat." Created by Tom Alloway (Canadian psychologist), Greg Wilson (President and Chief Executive Programmer of DiD Software Inc., Ontario, Canada), and Jeff Graham (Canadian psychologist).
  • Social Psychology Network  -- Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Social psychology topics include prejudice and discrimination, gender, culture, social influence, interpersonal relations, group behavior, aggression, and more. This site directs us to prime research sites for those issues. Maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University.
  • Social Statistics Briefing Room -- government demographic, health, education, and crime statistics in brief, arranged for ease of use by non-statisticians.  "The purpose of this service is to provide easy access to current Federal social statistics. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Social Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values."
  • Sport Psychology Links:
  • Web Resources in Psychology -- from Skidmore College, a comprehensive subject listing (from general psychology sources to ethical issues, general, auditory and visual perception sites, history, personality, statistics/experimental, cognitive, applied, social, and clinical psychology. 

Government Agencies

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