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This guide will help students of Psychology with reference works, as well as suggestions for books and websites.
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates


How to Start Writing a Research Paper

Use the reference sources below to:

  • help define a topic
  • place a topic in context
  • get an overview of scholarly thought on a topic 
  • help you focus and develop a thesis for your paper

Articles in reference sources often list articles, books, and websites for further reading,  in sections entitled Bibliography, Suggested Reading, Further Information, etc.


Reference Resources

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DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental Disorders) - American Psychiatric Association
Call Number: REF RC 455.2 C4 D536 2000
ISBN: 0890420254
The diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Mental Measurements Yearbook - Geisinger, Spies, Carlson, Plake
Call Number: REF BF 176 B8 2007
ISBN: 0910674604
Mental Measurements Yearbook contains a bibliography of tests, test reviews, test title index with cross references, classified subject index, publishers directory and index, name index, index of acronyms and a score index.

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: BF76.7 .P83 2010 Ref
ISBN: 9781433805592
Publication Date: 2009-07-15

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Tests in Print VII - Linda L. Murphy,Robert A. Spies, Barbara S. Plake
Call Number: REF LB 3051 T47 2006
ISBN: 0910674590
"An index to tests, test reviews, and the literature on specific tests."

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Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology - Robert G. Frank; Mitchell Rosenthal; Bruce Caplan
Call Number: R726.7 .H366 2010 REF
ISBN: 9781433804441
Publication Date: 2009-09-15

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APA Dictionary of Psychology - Gary R. Vandenbos (Editor)
Call Number: BF31.A65 2007 Ref-
ISBN: 1591473802
Publication Date: 2006-07-15

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