Psychology Information Resources: Background Information

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Use encyclopedias and dictionaries for the same reason you use Wikipedia -- to provide an efficient introduction to your topic. Bonus: scholarly encyclopedias are often written specifically for academic researchers by experts in the field.

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