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Using the Library

You will have a project assignment to look up original research and secondary sources associated with your research question. This will be a clear motivation to use the library. There are more reasons to use the library references than this project, though. You may want some clarification on Freud or on Skinner (or any of the other theorists we read). These reference sources will give you a review of this material in language you can understand.

Library Reference Materials

Below are some reference materials in general psychology and in several subareas of psychology. They are listed in descending order of publication date. These are all in the reference room in Rølvaag Library. To get to the psychology section in the reference room, walk right past the reference librarian's desk (say hello if you can) and into the large room beyond it. Towards the far wall are some tables, and to the right of those tables is where all the psychology stuff sits. I have a difference of opinion with the Library of Congress about the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology and The Handbook of Social Psychology. They think these two items should be shelved over with sociology. I think that since all the authors and editors are psychologists and all the topics are psychological they should be shelved with psychology. All the reference librarians I have asked agree. But since the numbers help you find the books, you need to go to the sociology shelves to read about this part of psychology. If you are facing the psychology reference books, the sociology section is against the wall to your left.

Oh yes, try not to walk past the reference librarian's desk too often. Stop and say hello to them, they are nice folks, very intelligent and capable, and very helpful. Depending on your topic, the items I list here may not have what you want. They can help you find it, even to the point of using indexes to find reports in the original journals.

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