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 pharmacological issues?
For a brief overview, consult an encyclopedia or dictionary. Try these online resources:
International Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Elsevier)
The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
Dictionary of Psychology (Oxford)
For a deeper overview of research on a topic, consult a handbook or an Annual Review, such as the following:
Annual Review of Psychology
Annual Review of Clinical Psychology
Each of the above is a good starting place. Each provides literature reviews of important and emerging areas of research.
With a handbook you can frequently find information on treatment, assessment, and areas for future research.
Try these excellent collections:
Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford)
There you'll find 76 excellent titles such as:
The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology
The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders
The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology
The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders
The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders
The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders
The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders
The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders
The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology
The Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders
Additional online handbooks on psychology topics from Wiley and Sage, two top publishers, include:
Handbook of Psychology
Handbook of Social Psychology
Handbook of Adolescent Psychology
Sage Handbooks on Qualitative and Quantitative Research
There are also several encyclopedias and handbooks in print in the EDP Library reference collection with excellent overviews of psychological disorders. Among them are:
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (BF311 .E53 2003)
Salem Health Psychology & Mental Health (BF636.P86 2010)
Looking for a Diagnosis?
Consult the DSM..
PsychiatryOnline contains the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and several full-text psychiatry journals.
To research issues in psychology, such as a specific disorder, there are several key resources to explore.
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. PsycInfo is now on the ProQuest platform.
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.
APA ebooks and APA PsycTests. Full-text online books and some full-text tests.
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.
Questions & Answers
Psychology 130 (Summer 2013) - Library Resources
The following questions were submitted by Psychology 130 students.
How can you narrow your search to only specific journals?
1. If you already have a specific citation to an article, and want to go directly to a specific journal, use one of these strategies:
2. If you are searching a topic or concept, it is best NOT to search or limit a search by journal title. PsycInfo searches and links to the content of over 1,800 journals, chapters, reports, dissertations published internationally. Search PsycInfo by topic or concept to target citations from the widest possible base of content.
Which database is best to search from? Are there different ones for different disciplines?
Yes, there are hundreds of different databases, some of which are single discipline-specific and some of which are multi-disciplinary. For a list of the databases to which the UCB Library subscribes, click on the SUBJECT LIST of E-Resources or the A-Z LIST.
For the best databases to use for Psychology topics, see the EDP Library’s webpage listing many excellent psychology-related sources. See Key Psychology Resources. The Psychology 130 Course Guide also provides information on top resources for psychology.
PsycInfo and PubMed are considered to be the top two psychology-related databases. PubMed is oriented more toward the sciences and medical aspects of psychiatry and psychology. PsycInfo is the top psychology database worldwide and covers the broadest range of topics and titles.
What are good keywords to use relating to a topic?
Finding the best keywords is at the core of the art and science of searching. It is an acquired skill gained with much critical thought and practice. Think of it as a dialog between you and the database search engine. Here are some tips:
Try Natural Language:
State your question in natural language. For example,
What are current treatment methods for autism?
From your question, pick out the “key” words, i.e.,
“treatment” , “autism.”
Create a simple ‘search string” using operators, such as “and”, “or”, or “not.” Many databases, such as PsycInfo, provide operators in a drop-down menu near the search box. Be sure to select the best one.
Here’s the new search string: Treatment and autism
Use a Thesaurus:
Another very helpful way to find good keywords, especially when you do not know a lot about a topic, is to search for keywords in a topical Thesaurus. A Thesaurus is a vocabulary list for a discipline. PsycInfo has a psychology thesaurus built within the database. Open PsycInfo and click on “Advanced”. Then click on “Thesaurus”. Try entering words such as “autism”. You’ll find two other terms: “autism spectrum disorder” and “early infantile autism”.
Order: Note that the order in which you place the keywords does sometimes matter. In other words, you are likely to get a different number of results, perhaps with a little different focus, depending on the order of your keywords. This is especially true if you combine 3 or more keywords
Broaden or Narrow: The more keyword search terms you add, the narrower your search results will be. So if you’re retrieving very little, broaden your search instead of adding more keywords. In other words, use a more general term. Think of the overall category for your topic. You might also want to re-think the words you’ve selected and try something related.
Connectors: the connector “and” will generally retrieve fewer results than the connector “or”.
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