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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Online library encyclopedias will provide you with a foundational overview of your topic before you start researching and writing. Scholarly encyclopedias are written specifically for academic researchers by experts in the field.


There are encyclopedias published on almost every topic. Find encyclopedias in the catalogue by doing a keyword search for encyclopedia + your topic. For instance, a search for encyclopedia sleep returns The Encyclopedia of Sleep!


General Psychology Encyclopedias

Biological Psychology & Neuroscience

Clinical Psychology

  • Comprehensive clinical psychology (1998). ONLINE
  • Encyclopedia of psychotherapy.(2002) ONLINE

Cognitive Psychology

  • Encyclopedia of learning and memory (2003)  ONLINE
  • MIT encyclopedia of the cognitive sciences. (1999)  ONLINE

Developmental Psychology

  • Encyclopedia of aging (2002). ONLINE
  • Encyclopedia of creativity (2011) ONLINE
  • Encyclopedia of human development (2006) ONLINE
  • Handbook of death and dying (2003) ONLINE

History of Psychology & Biography

  • Psychologists--Biography. Examples:
    • Psychologists and their theories for students (2005) ONLINE
    • Fifty key thinkers in psychology (2004) ONLINE
    • Annual review of psychology (journal summarizing psyc developments) ONLINE