Library Use: Handbook for Psychology, Third Edition

Pages: 159
Item #: 4311005
ISBN: 978-1-55798-992-5
List Price: $16.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $16.95
Copyright: 2003
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Library Use guides readers through a wide array of resources for research, presenting up-to-date methods that reflect significant changes in information publishing and distribution over the last ten years. In the third edition of this volume, instructors and students will benefit from new and expanded coverage and guidance in electronic access to library catalogs, periodical indexes and abstracts, and use of the Internet and World Wide Web in research.

The book's core topics include defining and limiting topics, locating books within the library system, identifying bibliographic resources, finding journal articles through author/subject/keyword searching, locating government documents, and citation searching. Library Use focuses on teaching students to maximize all research tools available to them and also provides examples of mini-searches to illustrate the use of each major resource. Students will profit from the valuable advice and support presented in this clearly written and logically arranged instructive volume.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction: Getting Started
  2. Selecting and Defining the Topic
  3. Computer Searching
  4. Locating a Book
  5. Psychology Journal Articles
  6. Psychology-Related Sources
  7. Citation Searching
  8. Government Publications
  9. Psychological Tests and Measures
  10. Miscellaneous Sources
  11. It's Not in the Library

Appendix: Brief Guide to Literature Searching


About the Authors

Author Bios

Jeffrey G. Reed, PhD, is director of the management program in business administration at Marian College of Fond du Lac Wisconsin, where he has taught courses in management, leadership, human resources, organizational behavior, project management, and statistics. He has also taught psychology courses as a faculty member in psychology at SUNY-Geneseo and SUNY-Brockport.

For 13 years at Xerox Corporation, he held positions as a program manager, user interface design manager, and software developer, and has also served as an organizational consultant in Rochester, NY, reference librarian at Bucknell University, and educational researcher at Towson University and Kansas State University.

He has conducted research on motivation, satisfaction, academic performance, teaching effectiveness, human-computer interaction, and library use, with articles in journals such as Educational Psychology, Teaching of Psychology and Research in Higher Education.

Pam M. Baxter is currently a data archivist at the Cornell University Institute for Social and Economic Research. She has also held positions as a lecturer in the School of Information Science and Policy at SUNY-Albany, head of the psychological sciences library at Purdue University, reference librarian at SUNY-Geneseo, and as a project bibliographer for the New York State Department of Education.

She has written on bibliographic instruction, with emphasis on the information gathering skills and literature search methods employed by students and researchers in psychology and the social sciences.