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Psychology: Reference Sources

This guide is designed to help you find resources for your research and class assignments in psychology.

Why Start with Reference Titles?

Reference titles (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals, etc.) provide summary and factual information. They contain authoritative, well established information and are particularly useful when you are just starting your research. Look to them to:

  • find basic concepts and viewpoints of your topic;
  • get the historical context and relationships to other topics;
  • identify and define special terms used to discuss the topic;
  • identify the leading researchers and authors on your topic; and
  • find or verify data, facts, and formulas.

Use the library catalog to locate other reference books in the Marshall University libraries.

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