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Social Sciences: Finding Sources

Internet Resources
APA PsycNet: American Psychological Association.
The Web site for the American Psychological Association, which provides information on education, practice, public interest, science, books, APA journals, and more. Different divisions provide information for high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. 

A comprehensive site dedicated to listing links to and providing information on psychology sources, including databases, archives, reference materials, and catalogs. Links are simply and clearly annotated, and the site is easy to navigate. 

Internet Mental Health.
Provides detailed information on 52 mental disorders and 67 medications, along with the full texts of articles and pamphlets useful to researchers in psychology. Internet links are organized by mental health issues and disorders. 

The Social Psychology Network, Wesleyan University.
An exhaustive list of more than 3,000 links to resources in psychology. This site is searchable, and menus are available under both social psychology and general psychology. 


Library Resources
Blackwell Dictionary of Cognitive Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.
Contains substantial surveys of major topics in cognition and provides selective bibliographies. 

Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology. 2 vols. London: Routledge, 1994.
Offers survey articles of major topics in psychology including perception, learning, biological aspects of behavior, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods. Each article is written at a fairly technical level and includes a selected bibliography and references. 

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994.
Classifies and describes mental disorders. Includes "decision tree" diagrams to aid in the diagnosis of mental disorders, as well as a glossary of technical terms. 

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior.
4 vols. San Diego: Academic, 1994.
Offers articles on a wide variety of topics, including such specifics as handedness and blushing, as well as broader concepts such as interpersonal communications and intelligence. Each article provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about a topic and provides references to research. 

Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence. 2 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1994.
A collection of more than 250 articles on various aspects of intelligence, including reasoning, problem solving, aphasia, and measurement. 

Encyclopedia of Mental Health. 3 vols. San Diego: Academic, 1998.
Designed for both students and health professionals. Includes substantial articles on major disciplines in the field, research areas, and topics of public interest.  Offers up-to-date and thorough coverage of mental disorders, treatments, personality traits, and psychological aspects of topics such as television viewing, parenting, and homelessness.

Encyclopedia of Psychology. 2nd ed. 4 vols. New York: Wiley, 1994.
Defines and discusses terms, theories, methodology, and issues in psychological practice, and offers brief biographies of important psychologists. 

Mental Measurements Yearbook. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1938-.
An essential reference work for those interested in psychological tests. Surveys and reviews tests of aptitude, education, achievement, and personality. Includes bibliographies of related research. 

The Oxford Companion to the Mind. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
A handy one-volume source of definitions, discussions of theories, and brief biographies, with an interdisciplinary outlook. 

Psychological Abstracts. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1927-.
The most thorough index to publications in the field, covering books, book chapters, and journal articles from more than 1,000 journals in psychology and related fields. A thesaurus (a printed list of the subject descriptors used by the compilers of the abstracts) can help a researcher determine effective search terms. Available in electronic format as PsychLit and PsychInfo.

General Resources
Ethnic Studies
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