General and overview information about topics in Psychology, Sociology, and Mental Health can be found in the following Reference books. In those titles that are multi-volume works, a cumulative index can be found in the last volume.
The APA Dictionary of Psychology (REF BF 31 .A65 2007)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) (REF RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2000)
Dictionary of Psychology (REF BF 31 .C65 2001)
Dictionary of Psychology (REF BF 31 .C72 1999)
The Encyclopedia of Mental Health (REF RC 437 .K34 1993)
Encyclopedia of Psychology (REF BF 31 .E52 1984)
Encyclopedia of Psychology (REF BF 31 .E53 2000)
Encyclopedia of Sociology (REF HM 17 .E5 1991)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders (REF RC 437 .G35 2003)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (REF BF 31 .G34 2001)
Health Issues (REF RA 425 .H39 2001)
Magill’s Medical Guide (REF RC 41 .M34 2001)
Popular Psychology: an Encyclopedia (REF BF 31 .C7 2005)
Psychology and Mental Health (REF RC 437 .P89 2001)
Books on a wide range of Psychology, Sociology, and Mental Health topics are indexed in Aleph, the library’s online card catalog. Unlike the Reference books listed above, the Circulating Books may be checked out for three weeks with your college ID card.
If you would like to browse the library’s holdings on a certain topic, use the following call number areas as a guide:
BF is books about Psychology
HM is books about Sociology
HV is books about social issues and problems (drug addiction, crime, etc.)
RC 321 – RC 580 is books about Psychiatry and Mental Health
We have a number of databases available for magazine and journal article searches. Performing a subject search in any of these databases should provide you with plenty of information about your topic.
- EBSCO Academic Search Premier and Electric Library are both very good sources for general coverage of mental health issues and ideas.
- CQ Researcher will provide solid, in-depth coverage of current issues in Psychology, Sociology, and Mental Health.
- The essays in Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center will provide pro/con coverage of issues in these areas.
- CINAHL plus full text can be used to find more in-depth information about mental disorders and their treatment.
The following electronic Reference books will also provide you with information on these topics: