|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.
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.
- Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) -- A multidisciplinary database with full-text of 3600 peer-reviewed titles dating back to 1975.
- Health Source: Nursing/Academic (EBSCO) -- Scholarly journals for medical disciplines (including mental health)
- 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.)
Some sample IvyJo searches (numbers may not be current):
- 399 Journal titles under Subject: Psychology
- 330 Journals with "psych*" in title
- 67 Journals with "therapy" in title
- 50 Journals with "counsel*" in title
- 87 Journals with "behavior*" in title
- 50 Journals with "mental" in title
Google Scholar results are now linking to library databases! We don't recommend it as your first or only step in research -- but can be a useful tool to explore your topic in our databases when you don't know where to start. The Google Scholar Guide (explains what this search tool is and how to use it to find scholarly material on the Web, or locate articles cited in our library databases). The first time you use Google Scholar at home -- set up your "Preferences" to find the Ivy Tech library, and save (how to do this is explained in the guide).
Now linking to Ivy Tech resources:See Using Google Scholar guide for Ivy Tech search help
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).
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:
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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.
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:
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:
IvyFYI -- collection of online reference tools (dictionaries, directories, etc.)
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:
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Special Categories (borrowed from American Psychological Society):
US Psychological Societies & Related Organizations
Federal Policies Relating to the Conduct of Psychological Science Research: