• Psychology and Sociology Resources

    There are many resources in the library media center and online for researching psychology and sociology.

    With the library's online catalog, you can search for books and web sites, as well as ebooks.
    When using the catalog, log in to the catalog with your server name and password to have access to advanced features, like creating a personal resource list and accessing FollettShelf eBooks.
    Use one or two keywords, not complex natural language searches. For example, choose bipolar disorder versus causes of bipolar disorder in teenagers.
    You can click on the Web Sites tab to find pre-selected web resources. Pay attention to grade level. Using something too easy may not give you the depth of information you need.
    If you log in to the library catalog, you can also access OneSearch for subscription databases and free resources. Click on the tab and then click on the logo for the database. Then, select an article from the list. You will not need to log in to the databases itself from here, if you choose this method. Click on the title of the database (hyperlink) if you want to access the database's interface.
    You can also search directly in subscription databases by going to the library home page, signing in at the top with your server name and passwords, and using the Subscription Databases to search.
    Gale's General OneFile. Then, move down the choices until you find Psychology Collection and Health Reference Center Academic. Select these two databases to search from for targeted results.
    Also, our Gale Virtual Reference Library has several sources, especially the Encyclopedia of Lifecourse and Human Development. This is good for looking at development throughout life.
    Sharpe Online Reference gives you access to Social Issues in America, searchable online. This is good for looking at sociological concerns. It is also available in print in the library.
    Through Salem Press, access Psychology & Mental Health, an online book that is searchable like a database. It is also available in print in the library.

    Web Sites

    There are a variety of free sources you can use online to find good articles on understanding psychological and sociological issues. Look for sources that are unbiased or present a balanced viewpoint, backed by research. Do not rely on .edu or .org only. For instance, webmd.com has good consumer information in sections written by professionals.
    Here are some good starting places for basic information from experts and researchers.