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 six-digit 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.

Browse dictionaries of psychology.


Finding More Electronic Books

The library has many electronic books. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password. Type a word or phrase describing the subject in the search space below:


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 

Use the library catalog to look for additional materials

  • The catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog, as well as links to other library catalogs
  • You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings
  • A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below

picture of catalog screen

Fig. 1. The library catalog search

The Library of Congress has a arrow showing important tip Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.

You may have to do several searches in the library catalog to find books that might be pertinent to your subject. Try different combinations of key words.

If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).


Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.

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Updated: 18 January 2014