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Psychology 205

Experimental Study of Behavior

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  Instruments, Tests, & Measurements
  Style Guides
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
  eBook Collections
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  Article Databases
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries & Thesauri   back to top

APA Dictionary of Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2007.
Main Level, Reference: R 150.3 Ap11A

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology, Noel Sheehy, Antony J. Chapman, and Wendy A. Conroy, editors. Routledge Reference, 1997. Main Level, Reference: R 150.922 B52B

The Cambridge Dictionary of Psychology [EBSCO eBook Collection]. David Matsumoto, editor. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment. Ian Stuart-Hamilton. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007 [EBSCO eBook Collection].

A Dictionary of Psychology  [Oxford Reference Online] Andrew M. Colman, Oxford U. Press, 2006.
Also available in print (older edition): Main Level, Reference:
R 150.3 C71D [1st ed. 2001]

A Student's Dictionary of Psychology, E. Arnold, Pub., 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 150.3 St82S

Dictionary of Behavioral Science, Academic Press, 1989.
Main Level, Reference: R 150.3 D561D

Psychology: The Key Concepts. [EBSCO eBook Collection]. Graham Richards, Routledge Pub., 2009.

Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, American Psychological Association, 1997.

Ready Reference Shelf: R 025.4915 T343T

NOTE: A more up-to date edition is available online via the PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO databases.

  The Thesaurus is arranged in a hierarchy that permits searching various levels of detail from the most general level to more narrow levels to find the most precise concept. Thesaurus entries include indexing notations, scope notes, 'use', 'used for', narrow, broader, and related terms.

Encyclopedias   back to top

The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science [CREDO Reference] John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
Includes over 500 topical entries, along with suggested readings and extensive cross-referencing.

Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy [SAGE eReference] SAGE Publications, 2005.
This three-volume work provides a thorough examination of components comprising behavior modification, behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and applied behavior analysis for both adult and child populations in a variety of settings (e.g., outpatient, institutional, and classroom). Entries contain descriptions of assessment, ethical concerns, theoretical differences, and the unique contributions of key figures in the field with both biographical sketches and autobiographical sketches.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media [SAGE eReference] SAGE Publications, 2006.
Presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts on the media's interaction with children and adolescents. Covers the traditional and electronic media and their controversial impact—for good and ill—on children and adolescents. Includes entries covering television, film, video games, the Internet and World Wide Web, magazines, music, and more. Explores complex and difficult topics such as violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, attention deficit disorder, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking, and child development.

Encyclopedia of Emotion [EBSCO eBook Collection]. Gretchen Reevy, Yvette Malamud Ozer, Yuri Ito. ABC-CLIO. 2010.

Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior
[SAGE eReference] SAGE Publications, 2004.
From adherence to a doctor’s advic
e, to emotions and health, to obesity treatment and prevention, to women’s health and all topics in between, this encyclopedia covers all aspects of what has become the dynamic domain of behavioral medicine.

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Academic Press, 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 150.3 En19E3 [4 vols]
A comprehensive 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.

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology [SAGE eReference] SAGE Publications, 2006.       
The first authoritative guide to synthesize the dynamic field of multicultural psychology, this volume includes entries on a broad array of issues and covers the breadth of psychology viewed through the lens of the racial and ethnic minority experience. The Encyclopedia addresses culture across a broad spectrum of psychological perspectives and includes topics that are relevant to social psychology, cognitive psychology, environmental psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and clinical psychology.

  Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology Bookcover

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology [SAGE eReference] SAGE Publications, 2007.
A thorough overview of the cross-disciplinary field of industrial and organizational psychology for students, researchers, and professionals in the areas of psychology, business, management, and human resources. In two volumes, readers are provided with state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts.

The Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Psychoanalysis, Henry Holt Pub., 1996. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 616.89003 En19E
Offers the reader a concise, current reference to psychology and related fields. More than 2,500 entries are included, covering such topics as aging, cognitive theories in social psychology, genetic influences on personality development, and sleep and dream research. Arranged alphabetically, the entries range from brief descriptions to multipage articles, depending on the importance of the subject.

Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment
[SAGE eReference]
SAGE Publications, 2003.
Includes 235 entries, organized alphabetically, and covering a variety of fields. Each entry includes a general conceptual and methodological overview, a section on relevant assessment devices, followed by links to related concepts in the Encyclopedia and a list of references.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
, American Psychological Association/Oxford University Press, 2000. 

Main Level, Reference: R 150.3 En19E5 [8 vols]

        Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment Bookcover

Provides authoritative information on every area of the field—and answers to literally thousands of questions about concepts, methods, theories, findings, major figures, schools of thought, and emerging areas of interest. Organized alphabetically, the articles range from 500 to 7,000 words in length. Multi-article entries cover major topics in depth, and the 400 biographies constitute a mini-encyclopedia in itself.

Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion  David A. Leeming, Kathryn Madden, and Stanton Marlan, editors. New York: Springer, 2010. [Springer eBook Collection].

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender : Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender [CREDO Reference], Academic Press, 2001.  
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 305.403 En19E [2 vols]

The Oxford Companion to the Mind  [Oxford Reference Online]. 2nd edition. Richard L. Gregory, editor, Oxford University Press, 2004.
Covers a wide range of topics, including language, memory, imagination, intelligence, child drawings, etc.

Handbooks   back to top

The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. Philip J. Corr and Gerald Matthews, editors.

Cambridge University Press, 2009. EBSCO eBook Collection.

Handbook of Child Psychology, John Wiley & Sons, c1998.    
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 155.409 H191H [4 vols]
v.1. Theoretical models of human development v.2. Cognition, perception, and language v.3. Social, emotional, and personality development v.4. Child psychology in practice

Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, Volume 1: Gender Research in General and Experimental Psychology.  Joan C. Chrisler and Donald R. McCreary, editors. New York : Springer, 2010.

[Springer eBook Collection].


Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology. Volume 2: Gender Research in Social and Applied Psychology. Joan C. Chrisler, Donald R. McCreary, editors. Springer, 2010.

[Springer eBook Collection].


Handbook of Social Psychology. John Delamater, editor. New York: Springer, 2006.

Handbook of Statistical Modeling for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Plenum Press, c1995.  
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
300.15195 H191H

Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology. C.R. Snyder &Shane J. Lopez, editors. Oxford U. Press, 2009.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 150.198 Ox2O

Instruments, Tests, & Measurements   back to top

Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures, American Psychological Association, c1995-1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.1512 B937D [6 vols].
Description of vol.6: An invaluable resource for those who conduct and supervise research, The Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures contains information on nearly 1,700 nonstandardized experimental test instruments taken from 37 behavioral and social science journals published between 1986 and 1990. The directory provides an ideal reference for identifying potentially useful test instruments. Each entry includes the following: test name, purpose, description, statistics, validity, author, and source. Indexes allow the reader to locate test instruments by author or subject.

Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics
[SAGE eReference], SAGE Publications, 2007.
Cross-disciplinary coverage, with contributions from and applications to the fields of: psychology; education; sociology; human development; political science; business and management; and public health.

Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures, Greenwood Press, 1990. 
Main Level, Reference: R 016.3053 B392G
Describes 211 scales in 7 chapters: Gender Roles, Children and Gender, Stereotypes, Marital and Parental Roles, Employee Roles, Multiples Roles, and Attitudes Toward Gender Role Issues.

Mental Measurements Yearbook, Buros Institute, 2007 (plus earlier editions).
Main Level, Reference: R 016.1512 B937M 2007
Contains descriptive information & critical reviews of commercially available standardized English-language educational, personality, aptitude, neuropsychological, achievement &intelligence tests. Each entry includes test name and classification; author(s); publisher, publication date; price; time requirements; existence of validity and reliability data; score descriptions; levels and intended populations.

Tests in Print, Buros Institute, 2006 (plus earlier editions).
Main Level, Reference: R 016.1512 B937T8
Provides indexing for the Mental Measurements Yearbook. Information provided includes the authors, publishers, cost of published tests and references to reviews.

Style Guides   back to top

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010.
Main Level, Ready Reference: RR 808.06615 P96P [at Reference Desk]

Main Level, Reference: R 808.06615 P96P
The official manual explaining the APA style of formatting research papers.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books   back to top
THOMCAT   back to top

THOMCAT  Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library.

   You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Milgram, Stanley [as AUTHOR]

  Skinner, B. F.  [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to experimental psychology:

Examples of Library of Congress Subject Heading

searches (SUBJECT search) in THOMCAT

  Psychology, Experimental  
  Developmental psychology  
  Psychometrics -- Dictionaries  
  Psychology -- Research  
  Psychological tests  

Examples of Library of Congress Subject Heading searches

in PASCAL (Compare # of results with THOMCAT)

  Psychology, Experimental  
  Psychology, Experimental -- Methodology.  
  Psychology -- Research -- Methodology.  
  Cognitive psychology.  

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
psycholog* = psychology, psychologist, psychologists, psychological

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
AND cognit*

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(memory OR recall) AND verbal

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs, & journal article databases

 PASCAL Catalog     back to top


PASCAL Catalog - If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WORLDCAT & Interlibrary Loan    

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.


Interlibrary Loan
ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

eBook Collections    



EBSCO eBook Academic Collection 
Collection of over 80,000 ebooks covering a vast array of topics and themes

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EBSCO eBook Collection

Collection of over 11,000 ebooks, covering a variety of disciplines.  Over 8,000 of the titles have been published since 2005.


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ebrary [ProQuest]

Collection of over 70,000 ebooks, covering a variety of disciplines.


Locating Articles:    
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The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

PsycINFO [EBSCOhost] 
Citations and abstracts of resources for research in psychology and related disciplines. Full-text articles provided by PsycARTICLES, as well as from other databases and publishers' sites via "linked full text."

PsycINFO , from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains nearly 2.4 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. 98 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 2,200 periodicals in more than 27 languages.  


PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 134,000 articles from 63 journals - 50 published by the APA and its imprint, the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF) - and 13 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present; nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1.  

Example of a Thesaurus Search in PscyINFO and PsycARTICLES




Science Direct  Full-text of scientific, technical and medical journals. Includes several psychology titles.

SEARCH TIP: To limit your search to psychology sources, click on "Advanced Search" below the green band on top right of screen, type in appropriate search terms, and select “Psychology” from the ""Subject" box.

Academic Search Complete 

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

ERIC  [EBSCOhost] 
The Educational Resource Information Center provides access to education literature and resources.  ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. Useful for educational psychology topics.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection [EBSCOhost]

Scholary database providing 575 full-text titles in psychology and psychiatry.


Key Journals   back to top


Check  Journal Finder for print and/or electronic access, and for years/volumes available.

American Psychologist   
Publishes news of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as articles with theoretical, empirical, or practical emphases.

Annual Review of Psychology 
A standard source for an in-depth overview of recent and past developments in psychology.

Basic and Applied Social Psychology  
Covers basic research in social psychology that can be applied to real world problems as well as direct applications of social psychological theory to social problems.

Behavior Research Methods   
Information on the methods, techniques, and instrumentation of research in experimental psychology. The journal focuses particularly on the use of computer technology in psychological research, including the latest hardware and software developments.

British Journal of Psychology
Reports of empirical studies, critical reviews of the literature and theoretical contributions on all aspects of psychology for a general readership.

Current Psychology: Research and Reviews

 Peer reviewed coverage of empirical research from major areas of psychology, including social psychology; small groups & personality; human development; sensation; perception & cognition; clinical & abnormal psychology; & methodology & field research.

Journal of Applied Psychology 
Original investigations in any field of applied psychology aimed at psychologists in universities, industry, government, urban affairs, police and correctional systems, health and educational institutions and consumer affairs.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  
Publishes original contributions on the following topics: the development, validity, and use of techniques of diagnosis and treatment of disordered behavior; studies of a variety of populations that have clinical interest; studies that have a cross-cultural or demographic focus and are of interest for treating behavior disorders; studies of personality and of its assessment and development; studies of gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation; studies of psychosocial aspects of health behaviors, and methodologically sound case studies pertinent to the preceding topics.

Journal of Educational Psychology 
Publish original, primary psychological research pertaining to education across all ages and educational levels.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General  
Publishes articles describing empirical work that bridges the traditional interests of two or more communities of psychology. The work may touch on issues dealt with in JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, JEP: Human Perception and Performance, JEP: Animal Behavior Processes, or JEP: Applied, but may also concern issues in other subdisciplines of psychology, including social processes, developmental processes, psychopathology, neuroscience, or computational modeling.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance  
Publishes studies on perception, formulation and control of action, and related cognitive processes. All sensory modalities and motor systems are within its purview. The focus of the journal is on empirical studies that increase theoretical understanding of human perception and performance, but machine and animal studies that reflect on human capabilities may also be published.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Original experimental studies, observations, theoretical notes, commentary and criticism on basic processes of cognition including learning, memory, imagery, concept formation, problem solving, decision making, thinking, reading and language processing.

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology   
Publishes original research and theory on human social behavior and related phenomena. The journal emphasizes empirical, conceptually based research that advances an understanding of important social psychological processes. The journal also publishes literature reviews, theoretical analyses, and methodological comments.

Journal of General Psychology  
Articles on experimental, physiological and comparative psychology, including human and animal studies and mathematical and other theoretical investigations.

Journal of Happiness Studies
Covers both cognitive evaluations of life & affective enjoyment of life.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology   
Publishes original papers in all areas of personality and social psychology. It emphasizes empirical reports but may include specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers.

Journal of Psychology  
A uniquely interdisciplinary journal that concentrates on work that attempts to integrate divergent data, fields, and theories of psychology and related disciplines or analyzes the interrelationships of novel populations. The Journal offers a forum for genuinely new avenues of thinking and research, particularly with reference to education, industry, management, and measurement and assessment. The Journal also emphasizes original criticism of the present status of the behavioral disciplines.

Journal of Research in Personality   
Emphasizing experimental and descriptive research, the Journal of Research in Personality presents articles that examine important issues in the field of personality and in related fields basic to the understanding of personality. The subject matter includes treatments of genetic, physiological, motivational, learning, perceptual, cognitive, and social processes of both normal and abnormal kinds in human and animal subjects.

Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology   
Incorporates reports of clinical and experimental social research, invited reviews, short discussions of controversial issues, book reviews, and thematic issues on critical topics. The journal covers a wide range of areas, including intimate relationships; attributions, beliefs, labels, and interactional patterns; social skills; stress and coping; and many more.

Journal of Social Psychology  
Articles on experimental, empirical and field studies of groups, cultural effects, cross-national problems, language and ethnicity, cross-cultural notes and briefly reported replications and refinements.

Personality and Individual Differences  
Devoted to the publication of articles (experimental, theoretical, review) which aim to integrate as far as possible the major factors of personality with empirical paradigms from experimental, physiological, animal, clinical, educational, criminological or industrial psychology or to seek an explanation for the causes and major determinants of individual differences in concepts derived from these disciplines.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
An international outlet for original empirical papers in all areas of personality and social psychology. Occasionally, PSPB publishes other pieces of particular interest to members of the Society, such as special topical issues, selected symposia, and invited addresses.

Psi Chi: Journal of Undergraduate Research
Published by Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, this journal fosters and rewards the scholarly efforts of psychology students by primarily publishing undergraduate research.

Psychological Bulletin  
Publishes evaluative and integrative reviews and interpretations of issues in scientific psychology. Original research is reported only for illustrative purposes. Integrative reviews that summarize a literature may set forth major developments within a particular research area or provide a bridge between related specialized fields within psychology or between psychology and related fields.

Psychological Methods  
Devoted to the development and dissemination of methods for collecting, analyzing, understanding, and interpreting psychological data. Its purpose is the dissemination of innovations in research design, measurement, methodology, and quantitative and qualitative analysis to the psychological community; its further purpose is to promote effective communication about related substantive and methodological issues.

Psychological Record  
Articles and reviews of psychological theory and research concerned with a broad range of topics in the discipline

Psychological Review (APA)
Publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to any area of scientific psychology. Preference is given to papers that advance theory, but systematic evaluation of alternative theories in a given domain will also be considered for publication. Papers devoted to surveys of the literature, problems of method and design, or reports of empirical findings are not appropriate.

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   
Published as single volume starting in 2006. Previously published in 2 sections: Section A - Human Experimental Psychology and Section B - Comparative and Physiological Psychology.

Review of General Psychology (APA)  
Seeks to publish innovative theoretical, conceptual, or methodological articles that cross and mix the traditional subdisciplines of psychology. The journal contains articles that advance theory, evaluate and integrate research literatures, provide new historical analyses, or discuss new methodological developments in psychology. Review of General Psychology is especially interested in articles that bridge subdisciplines in psychology and related fields or that focus on topics that transcend traditional subdisciplinary boundaries.

Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
Original research articles and theoretical papers concerned with gender role socialization, perceptions, and attitudes while presenting recent developments in developmental, cognitive, and social-personality factors in childhood; acquisition, maintenance, and impact of stereotypes; social contexts; personal and interpersonal relationships; sexual preference; and research methodological issues.

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder places information regarding access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.


Web Sites   back to top

Psych Web [Dr. Russell Dewey, Georgia Southern University]
Of particular interest is the page on Testing and Assessment, which offers links to free tests and information on testing sources.

Research Randomizer [Geoffrey C. Urbaniak and Scott Plous]
An online random number generator for use in math, statistics and research design. Customizable features let you determine how many numbers to generate, the range of values, whether or not to allow duplicate numbers, etc.

The Handbook of Social Psychology, Oxford University Press, 1998.  Upper Level: 302 H191H [2 vols]

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