Subject Guide to Psychology Sources

Contents for Psychology


Good Starting Places: Reference Books

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

Encyclopedias & Handbooks 

Specialized encyclopedias, which cover a single subject area, have longer and more detailed treatments of subjects than either dictionaries or general encyclopedias. A good introductory encyclopedia of psychology is Psychology basics, Rev. ed..

More detailed and specialized psychology encyclopedias



These dictionaries define specialized terms, identify important figures and concepts, and explain symbols.

Use the Library Search to look for more specialized dictionaries online. Type a word or phrase describing the subject, followed by "dictionary", for example,
          Asperger's dictionary
Limit your result to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results.

To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.


Finding More Electronic Books

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


Finding Articles on Your Subject

All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a location other than Chemeketa Community College, remember to click the link marked, "Off-campus users."

Academic OneFile [Gale]  Link to more information about this database
Index to periodicals, including thousands of peer-reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals, many which are in full text.
ScienceDirect Link to more information about this database
ScienceDirect is a collection of scholarly articles that includes many journals in neuropsychology. Searchable by keyword, author, title, or journal. Journals available in the collection are shown with a green icon (picture of subscribed icon with text You are entitled to access the full text of this document), indicating full text.
List of some psychology and psychiatry-related journals in ScienceDirect


Image Databases

Britannica ImageQuest is a very large database with high quality images of all kinds of subject matter. Images have been cleared for educational use.


Streaming Video Databases

Intelecom Online Resources Network lets instructors and students access video clips covering a range of key concepts and topics, including psychology.


Internet Sites


Try our customized search, or browse the list of sites below.

Customized Search


Browsing List

For electronic texts in psychology, see also Electronic Texts: Psychology.

Internet Mental Health
Includes information on psychological disorders (including American and European descriptions), diagnosis, drug treatment, research abstracts. There are links to other mental health sites.
Mental Help Net
Basic information and resources.
Psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology. A large, well-organized site.
Psychology Information Online
A large site that includes information about psychology as a career in addition to topics in psychology.


Finding Additional Resources

See a list of printed reference books.

The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:

  • American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
  • American Psychologist
  • Community Mental Health Journal
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Harvard Mental Health Letter
  • Journal of child psychology and psychiatry and allied disciplines
  • Journal of counseling psychology
  • Journal of Consulting And Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Journal of Personality And Social Psychology
  • Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
  • Journal of Social Psychology
  • Perspectives In Psychiatric Care
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
  • Psychology Today

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.

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Updated: 16 December 2014