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The profession, scholarly discipline, and science concerned with the behavior of humans and animals, and related mental and physiologic processes. [Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th ed., 2006]   Show only highlighted/core resources

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Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews

Dictionary of Psychology
"The most comprehensive, up-to-date reference of its kind, the Dictionary also maintains a user-friendliness throughout. This combination ensures that it will serve as the definitive work for years to come. With a clear and functional design, and highly readable style, the Dictionary offers over 30,000 entries (including interdisciplinary terms and contemporary slang), more than 125 illustrations, as well as extensive cross-referencing of entries. Ten supportive appendices, such as the Greek Alphabet, Medical Prescription Terms, and biographies of more than 1,000 deceased contributors to psychology, further augment the Dictionary's usefulness. Over 100 psychologists as well as numerous physicians participated as consulting editors, and a dozen specialist consulting editors reviewed the material. Dr. Alan Auerbach, the American Psychological Association's de facto dictionary expert, served as the senior consulting editor. As a final check for comprehensiveness and accuracy, independent review editors were employed to re-examine, re-review, and re-approve every entry." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor -- BF31 .C72 1999
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Encyclopedia Articles, Subject-Specific (Online)
AccessScience (McGraw-Hill)
Online edition of the McGraw-Hill Science and Technology Encyclopedia with added content. Content areas include the physical and life sciences, computing and information technology, and psychiatry and psychology. The online edition includes science news, images and videos.

Browse by topic by clicking on Psychiatry & Psychology on the home page; alternatively, search by topic by clicking on Search Options (to the right of the main search box), selecting the Search by Topic tab, and then checking the box by Psychiatry & Psychology.
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Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
"The field of health psychology and behavioral medicine is relatively new, founded a quarter century ago at the interface of several disciplines, including psychology, medicine, and public policy. Behavioral medicine has three philosophical components: a) that behavioral, psychological, sociocultural, environmental, and biological factors are inextricably linked; 2) that these factors together affect health; and 3) that each of these factors could be used as an avenue for treatment or prevention of health problems and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle based upon informed choices. From adherence to a doctor's advice, to emotions and health, to obesity treatment and prevention, to women's health and all topics in between, this A-to-Z encyclopedia comprehensively covers all aspects of what has become the dynamic domain of behavioral medicine." [Publisher information]
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Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
"Industrial and organizational psychologists help develop strategies that optimize human potential and build better organizations by focusing on behavior within the specific environmental, technological, and social environment of the workplace. From the development of individual employees to factors of overall organizational structure, the use of psychology and the analysis of human behavior play significant roles in the contemporary workplace, a workplace increasingly impacted by government influences, growing consumer awareness, skill shortages, and the changing nature of the workforce. Bottom line, I/O psychologists contribute to an organization's success by resolving its human problems and improving the performance and well-being of its people." [Publisher information]
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Encyclopedia of School Psychology (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
"Comprehensive guide to the field of school psychology featuring the latest research on school learning, motivation, and educational assessment. Entries on psychology, education and counseling, child development, and special education address student success, behavior disorders, intelligence testing, learning disabilities, strategies to improve academic skills, and more." [Publisher information]
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Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
"Examines three key life stages from a sociological perspective, exploring how enduring experiences, as well as transitions and events such as childcare, education, stress, marriage, career, addiction, friendship, parenthood, disease, spirituality, and retirement influence the individual's life course. The life stages examined are: Childhood and Adolescence; Adulthood; and Later Life." [Publisher information]
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Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
This online encyclopedia "provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders." [Publisher information]

Sample topics include: Agoraphobia, Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders, Diphenhydramine, Inhalants and Related Disorders, Person-Centered Therapy, and St. John’s Wort.
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Encyclopedias, Subject-Specific (Print)
Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science
"For more than twenty years, this indispensable resource has been the reference of choice for psychologists, researchers, teachers, and students who need up-to-date and comprehensive information in the fields of psychology and behavioral science. Updated and expanded to include much new material, this paperback is the only reference source that effectively blends psychology and behavioral science. This edition features over 1,200 entries, sixty percent of which are substantially revised or altogether new; contributions from over seven hundred experts from around the world; a bibliography of over 10,000 citations." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor Call -- BF31 .E52 2001
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Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
"The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior is a comprehensive four-volume reference source on human action and reaction, and the thoughts, feelings, and physiological functions behind those actions. Presented alphabetically by title, 250 articles probe both enduring and exciting new topics in physiological psychology, perception, personality, abnormal and clinical psychology, cognition and learning, social psychology, developmental psychology, language, and applied contexts. Written by leading scientists in these disciplines, every article has been peer-reviewed to establish clarity, accuracy, and comprehensiveness." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor -- BF31 .E5 1994
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Encyclopedia of Psychology
"The Encyclopedia of Psychology serves a remarkable variety of readers: students and their teachers in every area of psychology as well as in such related fields as sociology, social work, nursing, and allied health; researchers in the cognitive sciences and neurosciences; and clinicians and other mental health and human service professionals. Includes an extensive index." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor -- BF31 .E52 2000
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Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
"The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders is a valuable source of information for anyone who wants to learn more about mental disorders and their treatments. This collection of approximately 400 entries provides in-depth coverage of specific disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (as well as some disorders not formally recognized as distinct disorders), diagnostic procedures and techniques, therapies, and psychiatric medications." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor -- RC437 .G35 2003
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Handbooks and Manuals
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR
"Revised in 2000, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) is the most comprehensive and authoritative book devoted to the classification of psychiatric illness." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor RC455.2.C4 D536 2000
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Handbook of Death & Dying (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
This reference work covers the social and psychological aspects of death, with cross-cultural comparisons.
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Handbook of Emotions
"This comprehensive handbook provides a broad, balanced examination of what is currently known about emotion in human behavior. Leading experts first describe basic concepts and research models and explore the biology and neurophysiology of emotion." [Publisher information]
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor -- BF561 .H35 2000
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Find Journal & Magazine Articles

Article Databases - Multiple Disciplines
Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
    Coverage varies, 1975 - present
With coverage spanning virtually every area of academic study, this database provides full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals.

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DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 5980 journals in the directory, with 2546 journals searchable at the article level. Subject coverage includes all areas. For some journals, you may need to follow links to the publisher's site to access articles, and others may require registration (DOAJ allows publishers to require FREE user registration.)
Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale)
Includes over 4,200 indexed titles, over 2,500 of which are full-text and many are peer-reviewed, - in all disciplines including social sciences, humanities, education, science and technology.
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Professional Collection (Gale)
    Full text varies with title, 1983 - present
A custom selection of more than 300 full-text journals for educators, the collection includes the following areas: arts and humanities; child and adolescent psychology and development; drug and alcohol abuse; health/nutrition/fitness; learning disabilities; literature; school law; science and technology; social sciences; and sports/athletic training
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This database contains full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group.
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Science Direct: Health & Life Sciences Journals Collection
Science Direct College Edition provides abstracts (many with full text) of journal articles in the Health and Life Sciences. Please note that the green icon next to the journal title or issue number indicates that articles in the issue are available in full-text online.
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Article Databases -- Health Sciences
Alternative Health Watch (EBSCOhost)
    Varies, 1996 - present
A full-text database of periodicals, peer-reviewed journals, academic and professional publications, magazines, consumer newsletters and newspapers, research reports, and association newsletters focused on complementary, alternative and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

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Health & Wellness Resource Center (Gale Cengage Learning)
    Varies by title, 1988 - present
Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and encyclopedia articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment websites (see the "Trusted Sites" tab.)

Note that this database also has encyclopedia articles from the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, the Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, and the Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders.
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Health Reference Center-Academic (Gale Cengage Learning)
    1980 - present
Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. In addition to articles from journals and magazines, it also contains reference books, overviews and pamphlets.
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Help for Finding Articles
Guide to Finding Articles in Journals and Magazines
This quick guide will help you with options for locating journal and magazine articles, using the EBSCO Academic Search Premier database.
Information Literacy: Identify Your Sources
This YouTube video will help you evaluate your magazine and journal sources. Even though the main emphasis in this video is on Art, the principles are the same for other academic disciplines.

"Identify what sources are good to use for your papers. Learn the difference between scholarly, academic, professional, popular, and substantive news publications and the benefits and uses for each. To effectively research for college-level papers, students must learn how to evaluate articles in journals and magazines. In this video, an art history professor at Otis College of Art and Design discusses some of the criteria useful in determining whether the information found is scholarly, popular, or professional. The same evaluation criteria may be applied to information found on websites and in books." [Publisher information]

Find Print & Online Books

MCTC Online Library Catalog
MCTC Library Catalog
Use the online catalog to search for books (and other resources such as DVDs, videos, & CDs). The catalog includes items physically located in the MCTC library, as well as online resources such as e-books.

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Find Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Style Manuals
APA Style: Electronic References
Link to excerpted material from the 5th edition of the APA Publication Manual (2001). The material provided covers commonly asked questions regarding how to cite electronic media.
MCTC Library APA Style Guide
This guide will help you to correctly cite your sources using the APA citation format. Prepared by MCTC librarians, it covers most of the common types of electronic and print resources. New! Updated to reflect changes in the 6th ed. of the APA Publication Manual, 2010.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
This manual covers the content and organization of papers written in APA (American Psychological Association) style. Sample papers are included.
Location: Reference Collection -- 1st Floor BF76.7 .P83 2001
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Find Web Resources

Electronic Texts
Short Peer Review Guide (Sense About Science)
This short guide from the independent British group "Sense About Science" describes the process of review and gives clues on how to identify peer-reviewed research reports.
Gateways & Megasites
AmoebaWeb! Psychology on the Web
Includes links divided into 27 subject categories (e.g., Abnormal Psychology, Culture and Psychology, Gender Psychology, etc.), in addition to general headings such as APA Style, Career Preparation and Online Tests. Maintained by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California, this gateway site received a "recommended" rating from Choice Reviews Online (July 2008).
Official Agency and Organization Web Sites
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the federal agency that funds research on mental health and mental illness. The site contains information for the public (topics under "Health & Outreach"), publications, statistics, and news.