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Psychology Overview

A brief introduction to psychology research at MSU Libraries.

Introduction

This guide provides a brief look at the research materials related to Psychology available through the MSU Libraries. 

It includes an overview of PsycINFO, the major article index in the discipline, and a handful of specialized indexes. It also lists some of our most recent handbooks and encyclopedias.

Like many disciplines, psychology has a growing presence on the Web. There are many sites, often with commercial interests, that provide psychology related content. Please see the listings on the Psychology Resources page for guidance to some of the best of the web.

There is also an Overview of Services at MSU Libraries that will be helpful for many, especially those connecting in from off campus.

Finding Books

How do I search for books on my topic?

To search for books in the MSU Libraries use the library catalog.  The catalog is a searchable listing of printed and electronic materials located in the MSU Libraries, including: books, journals, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.

When books you want are not available...

If the item you are looking for is checked out or the MSU Libraries do not own the item, you can ask us to get it for you by:

Using the  button to see if the book is available from another library and use the Get this for me! function to request it be delivered to the Main Library for you.

If the item you want is listed in the Library Catalog as checked out you may also

Recall it so that it will be returned and we will hold it for you. For more information about MSU recall policies, please call Circulation at 517/355-2333.

To search for books that MSU might not own, many people use Amazon or Barnes and Noble, but these sites are focused on currently available books.  You might also consider WorldCat, which is a listing of books in libraries across the U.S. and many foreign libraries as well.  It will give a broader picture of available information, and you can use InterLibrary Loan to request materials we don't own.

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