This is a guide to reference books, articles, websites and more on psychology.

Searching for Books and E-books

These Library of Congress Subject Headings can give you more focused results.  Examples:

Psychology -- Methods                               Psychology -- History                         Emotions -- Physiological aspects
Depression -- Mental                                 Anxiety -- Treatment                         
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Treatment
Mental Disorders -- Nursing                       Motivation (Psychology)                    Psychology -- Vocational guidance 

Search tips: 

  • To find books using subjects that can have variant endings, use truncation, or wildcard endings. This technique looks for any ending of a word after an asterisk. Not sure if a book is listed by the terms "motivate" or "motivation"? Type in "motivat*" to retrieve books listing either. Example: motivat* and psycholog*

  • You may also search for names (Freud) and other specific topics. Consult a reference librarian if you are not finding what you need.

New Psychology Books

Videos: CrashCourse on Psychology

CrashCourse - Psychology was created by the Green Brothers in 2014. The collection reviews an array of topics including consciousness, motivation and personality disorders. These videos are a great way to familiarize yourself with topics you'll most likely review in class. Their channel has around 2.6 million subscribers and over 178 million video views.

To Search for Books and Articles

Subject headings like these work well to find books in the library:

  • Family
  • Adolescence
  • Developmental psychology
  • Substance abuse
  • Marriage
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Adulthood
  • Eating disorders
  • Parent and child
  • Violence
  • Child psychology 
  • Stress
  • Intelligence
  • Psychology, pathological
  • Emotions
  • Sex differences
  • Bipolar
  • Cognition
  • Behavior
  • Child development

You may also use the word "and" to combine two subjects in a search: bipolar and child development

The Library of Congress' call number for Psychology books is BF.

Read About Majoring in Psychology

Psychology Reference Book

This reference book cannot be borrowed, but is always in the library to use.

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