This guide is an introduction to finding information pertaining to psychology and counseling research.
In this guide, you will find information on the kinds of resources that available to you, and how to use them to find information on psychology and counseling related topics. If you have any questions about your topic or a particular resource, please ask one of your friendly librarians!
Be sure to check out our "How To" Guides to help you get started with search skills, writing and citation tips.
This introduction to some of the issues and on-going debates is intended to prompt further inquiry and critical evaluation of what you find – and don’t find – in the research. It is not a comprehensive overview of the field or the state of the research in the field. Librarians are available to help you explore the research, and help you answer questions about the context of that research.
To obtain background information on the condition or treatment you are researching, a good place to start is the NIMH Mental Health Information Guide, which provides comprehensive overviews of mental illnesses, including their symptoms, treatments, diagnoses and risk factors. Texts in the library may also be useful for finding this type of information. This will give you a basic understanding of the topic, and assist you in formulating search terms that provide you with the most relevant results.
Many useful psychology monographs can be found by searching Dynamed Plus. It covers similar ground in the NIMH guide, but is far more detailed, and provides background information on almost every aspect of the condition.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®), is a comprehensive guide used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations. You can access this guide at BUC and BUK at the library and in the clinic. It is a valuable tool both for providing background information on psychiatric conditions and helping you make the correct diagnosis.
This most recent version has a number of useful features, such as:
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