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Psychology Research: Reference Sources

Research Guide for Psychology at PLNU

Why Use Reference Books?

Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.  The Library has reference materials both online and in print.

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Finding Reference Sources on a Topic

Need to find an encyclopedia not listed on this page?

  • Go to the Advanced Search in PHINEAS
  • Try typing a broad keyword you are researching into keyword area
  • Limit the "Location" to Reference
  • If you have trouble finding your topic, ask a Librarian for help.

Examples of Reference Sources on Psychology

Ryan Library has hundreds of subject encyclopedias, commentaries, and dictionaries in the area of psychology. Here are just a few examples:

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