To research issues in psychology, such as a specific disorder, there are several key resources to explore.
Do I need an overview?
Do I need specific information on a diagnosis for a disorder?
Am I interested in finding books -- digital or print?
Do I want scholarly articles or dissertations?
Does my topic include medical or pharmaceutical issues?
For an overview, consult an encyclopedia, dictionary or an annual review. Try:
International Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Elsevier)
Dictionary of Psychology (Oxford)
There are also several encyclopedias and handbooks in print in the EDP Library reference collection with excellent overviews of psychological disorders. Among them are:
Encyclopeda of Psychology
Handbook of Psychology
The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science
Salem Health Psychology & Mental Health
For a deeper overview of research on a topic, consult an Annual Review.
Annual Review of Psychology and Annual Review of Clinical Psychology are good starting places -- they provide literature reviews of important and emerging areas of research.
Consult the DSM for a current diagnosis.
PsychiatryOnline contains the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and several full-text psychiatry journals.
Articles & Dissertations? For scholarly articles, book chapters and dissertations, search:
PsycInfo. This is the core index to articles in psychology. If you only use one psychology database -- this would be the one! Articles, like books, will likely address treatment, intervention, and prevention issues. New platform: PsycInfo is now on the ProQuest platform. CSA/Illumina has been discontinued by its publisher. PsycINFO via CSA/Illumina will continue to be available until August 1, 2012.
PILOTS will provide articles on post-traumatic stress disorders.
PubMed is the best source for articles related to medicine, pharmacology, psychiatry and psychology.
MIT Cognet. The CogNet Library, focused on cognition and brain science, provides a searchable collection of digitized handbooks, encyclopedias, textbooks, journals and ebooks, along with an archive of materials from brain science conferences. Texts are provided by The MIT Press and other publishers, professional associations, institutions, and individuals who are willing to publicly share access to online works. CogNet is a self-contained full-text database.
Academic Search Complete for articles on multi-disciplinary topics including psychology.
Web of Science for articles on social sciences and psychology. Includes the Science and Social Sciences Citation Index. These let you find "forward citations" -- update your research by finding articles that cite an article.
Digital Dissertations. Search dissertations on all topics. Access to dissertations submitted by UC Ph.D. candidates as well as candidates at most other American universities. Full-text available.
You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your computer or mobile device using one of two simple methods.
(NOTE: Using EndNote? Use VPN, not the Proxy Server)
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.
Three citation management tools widely used at UC Berkeley are RefWorks, Endnote, and Zotero. Each organizes citations and produces quick and easy bibliographies in many citation styles, including APA 6th. Learn about other citation and writing tools on the EDP Library's Citation Management webpage.
RefWorks is free for UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff. From many of UC’s databases, importing citations is seamless and easy. Create correctly cited bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations. New users can sign up at RefWorks. Find tutorials and tips for using RefWorks on the EDP Library webpage.
Widely cited journals and articles.
ISI Web of Knowledge - Social science citation index provides a "Cited Reference Search" feature which can be searched by cited author, work or year. The ISI database provides "cited by" information on its search results page. ISI's Journal Citation Reports will find a current list of most highly cited journals. It should be noted, however, that ISI is evaluating a highly selective group of journal titles. For example, only 130 education titles, 36 special education titles, and 49 educational psychology titles, a relatively small selection given the large number of journals published in education. See the journal list at ISI WOS for specific titles.
Google Scholar also provides on their initial search results screen a “cited by” link with the total number of citations. Similarly, the CSA Illumina interface provides on their search results page, "cited by" links for more recent psychology articles.
APA Style is the most commonly used citation style in the social sciences. It is the standard for both education and psychology. The APA Publication Manual is published by the American Psychological Association. The 6th edition is the most recent version and can be found at the EDP Library, either in the reference collection or on reserve. It’s on one day reserve (BF 76.7 P83 2010). No online edition has yet been published. If you use citation management software, such as RefWorks or EndNote, it’s best to double-check formatting in the Manual, since citation software is not always entirely accurate.
The Manual is the complete guide to protocols for formatting books, articles, and research papers. Specifically, it provides examples for in-text citations, endnotes, footnotes, and bibliographies. Methods for citing both print publications and electronic resources are included.
For example, the basic format for citing a book is: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
For citing a journal article: Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.
For citing a footnote: 1 See Clarke (1998), especially chapters four and five, for an insightful analysis of this extraordinary species.
For an overview of citing with APA Style, see APA's online FAQ. Many examples of citations to various sources are provided.
See also the following helpful writing and citation guides and online tutorials.
APA Documentation. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
APA Exposed. Harvard's APA style online tutorial.
Guide to Citation Manuals. University of Iowa, School of Journalism.
OWL. Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.
Have a citation? Go directly to the article! Use Citation Linker.
Get immediate access to journal articles, books and other publications (or request them when they are not available) by entering a title and other citation information.
When a publication is available online: The UC-eLinks window will provide a link to the publisher's web site that should contain the full text of the publication if UC (systemwide or your home campus) subscribes to the electronic version of the publication.
When a publication is not available online: The UC-eLinks window will offer other options such as the ability to check campus library holdings in the Melvyl Catalog (and where you can sometimes find that items ARE available online), or to Request the item via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if UC (systemwide or your home campus) does not subscribe to the electronic version of the publication.
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