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IntroPsych Library Resources

Hello. Welcome to the library resource page for IntroPsych. Below you will find information to help you complete your research project. Please browse through the information below or use the list of QUICKLINKS on the left to navigate to resources quickly.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Psychology Encyclopedias and Dictionaries are a good place to go if you find an idea or concept in Psychology to be unclear. The encyclopedias and dictionaries will define a concept or term for you and give you a breif history of the concept or term (in encyclopedias moreso). Here are a few you can check out to get started the ones marked "eBook" are available online

Finding Journal Articles in Psychology

To find scholarly articles for your research project you need to use search engines that look through scholarly research. Google Scholar is a good place to start and will give you a broad range of articles. For even better articles consider using a psychology search engine that the library subscribes to like PsycINFO. Links to these resources can be found below.

Evaluating Web Sites

Though you will find better information via Google Scholar or PsycINFO, many of you will still search the Web for resources. You may even find some good site too. But how do you know that a site is appropriate for your research project? Well, some people at Widener university have put together some Web site evaluation checklists that will help you to evaluate the content of sites you use for your research project.

Keeping track of your sources

Having trouble keeping track of your sources? The library can direct you to something that will help -- RefWorks. RefWorks is an online tool for keeping track of your references, and it will even create a reference page for you if you ask it nicely. The best part is that it works with Google Scholar AND PsycINFO.

Use this link to RefWorks to set up an account. Be sure to check out their tutorial to get started, or you can attend a workshop at the library.

Getting help at the library

Don't hesitate to ask librarians for help with your research project. That's what they get paid to do :D You can contact the library in many different ways:

  • In Person You can go to any library on campus and get help at a Research Help Desk. The desks are located:
    • Mills Library: 2nd Floor
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    • Health Sciences Library: Main Floor
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Last Reviewed: August 30, 2007