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Psychology: Psyc 332 - Sensation & Perception

A guide to information resources in psychology

Outline of Information Resources

Psyc 332:  Sensation and Perception--an Outline of Information Resources:  Fall 2013


Recommended Online Resources:

Indexes:  PsycINFO; Medline; PubMed; ERIC

General databases (with full text):  Academic OneFile; WilsonOmniFile

Subject-specific full text databases:  PsycARTICLES; Science Direct College Edition: Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection; Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection; Public Library of Science (PLOS); PubMed Central

Online encyclopedias:  Britannica Online; Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online


Online Search:

I. Topic Selection--potential overlap?:

            A. psychological

            B. biomedical


II. Finding a book on your topic

            A. Consult the online catalog

                        1. If no title is available at WC, try Link+

                                    a. Select an ILL  if Link+ proves unsuccessful


III. Online Resources

            A.  General information search:  Google; Yahoo

                        1.  Google Scholar may be useful (don't pay for articles)

                        2. Discern results carefully!

                                    a.  Wikipedia:  is this a reliable site?

                                    b. Other www sites:  are these always trustworthy?

            B.  Library website:  you need to navigate this comfortably

                        1. “Find Databases” – select subject area, "Psychology" or "Health Sciences"

                        2.  Identify potentially useful full text sites:  PsycARTICLES; Science Direct: Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection; Psychology and                         Behavioral Sciences Collection; Public Library of Science (PLOS); or PubMed Central

                                    a. Select "Advanced Search" 

                                    b. Apply limits: select "peer-reviewed" journals (i.e., “scholarly                                                        publications")

                                    c.  Set date range

                                    d.   Identify the  methodology (i.e., "empirical study") to focus                                                        the search


2.  “Journal Titles A to Z List” provides information on print and online periodical holdings—details format options and coverage


3.  If a full text article is not available on our databases, place an ILL request


4. See the “Subject Research Guides” under the red “Research Help” box on the website (e.g. “Psychology”; "Health Sciences"; or “Biology") for additional information