Psychology

Tony Greiner

  • Tony Greiner
  • Office Hours: By appointment. I'm often found at the reference desk.
  • Office Location: Cascade Campus Library, Inside the Student Center
  • Contact Info:
    971-722-5333 or Reference Desk 971-722-5269

Background Information

The sources below are good sources of information, but generally not peer-reviewed. Use them for background reading.

Access Science
A very good source for study guides, outlines, and inspiration for research papers in Psychology. Click around on the tabs to find the material you want, and set the pull-down menu to Psychiatry and Psychology.

Credo Reference
Online versions of 500+ published reference works, including general and specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias. Includes links to PCC Library catalog and other PCC article databases. An excellent starting place for research.

Gale Virtual Reference Library.
A good place to start to get your Who, What, When, Where, Why questions answered. Includes the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders.

Oxford Reference Online: A Dictionary Of Psychology(e-book)
Includes 11,000 entries covering all branches of psychology.

Oxford Reference Online: The Oxford Companion to the Mind
A comprehensive volume covering aspects of brain, mind and consciousness. Some interesting articles include "Children's drawing of stick figures."

PCC Psychology Department Webpage.

Psychology Web Sites

These web sites are reputable sources for information about Psychology. These are not peer reviewed articles, but they can give you the background you will need to understand peer-reviewed articles.
For peer-reviewed materials, use the "Peer Reviewed Articles" tab at the top of this page.

Child Development, from MedlinePlus. Basic information and links to current research, provided by the National Institutes for Health.

How to Study for Psychology. A webpage from the 'How to Study' website, devoted to guess what subject?

MINDHACKS is psychologist Tom Stafford's blog. He posts bits of psychological research and stuff of general interest related to our mind and emotions. Use the search box (on the right- you'll have to scroll down) to search for posts with a certain word, such as 'marijuana.'

National Institute of Mental Health [website]
Part of the National Institute of Health webpage. It is aimed for people who want "not-too-scholarly" information on mental health.

Social Psychology Network.  A big website with tons of material. It has links to classic experiments such as the Stanford Prison Study.

Top 10 Free Psychology Videos on the Web.
Who says there ain't no free lunch?

PCC Psychology Department Webpage.

For peer-reviewed materials, use the "Peer Reviewed" tab.

Research Tools

Psychology Videos

Brain Power. From Neurons to Networks.  11 Minutes. Highly recommended by faculty member Jon Olmsted.

Mental Illness

BE SURE to check the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition. Also known as the DSM-5. THIS IS NOT ONLINE. Every PCC library has a copy, in the Reference section. 616.89 D 53 2013. They do not check out, but the entries are generally short.

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health [e-book]
Provides good, understandable background information on mental disorders.

There is also an excellent set of "Sourcebooks" on Depression (2012) , Drug Abuse (2010) and Eating Disorders (2011). Easy to understand bur reliable.

Museum of Mental Health. (In Salem, Oregon) A museum at the former Oregon State Hospital, which was an insane asylum. The "History" page might be particularly useful for some projects.

National Institute of Mental Health [website]
Part of the National Institute of Health webpage. It is aimed for people who want "not-too-scholarly" information on mental health.

Research Tools

How To

Peer Reviewed Articles in Psychology

PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES  
PsycINFO is the largest collection of articles in Psychology. There are sophisticated searches available, allowing you to limit by age groups, types of study, and some sub-headings of Psychology (such as perception studies.) To limit your search to peer-reviewed research articles, check the  'Peer reviewed' and 'References Available' boxes. Handout on using PsycInfo

Psychology Resources from EBSCOhost. 
To limit your search to peer-reviewed research articles, check the  'Peer reviewed' and 'References Available' boxes.

Science Direct (All peer reviewed) Full text for over 890 peer reviewed health and life sciences journals. For best results click the green SEARCH to get started. Limit your search to SUBSCRIBED Journals to get only full-text. Handout on using Science Direct.

Occasionally review articles and other materials appear under peer review, even in these databases. If you are in doubt, check with a librarian or your instructor.

What Are Peer Reviewed Articles, and How Do I Understand Them?

First, learn WHY and HOW scholarly articles are written. This tutorial on peer reviewed literature from the University of Portland explains it well. It is about 4 minutes long. The last part, on using Ulrich's guide to periodicals, doesn't apply to PCC, but the rest does.

THEN watch How to Read a Scientific Journal from Purdue- which gives tips on how to read these articles efficiently. It is about 3 minutes.

How do I know if my article is peer reviewed?

This handout shows you how to know a peer reviewed article when you see one..

How to Cite Your Sources - APA Only

NOTE: All of the programs below are 'pretty good'. If your instructor is a stickler, be sure to double-check your results with the citation makers listed below.

EasyBib
Automatic citation maker. APA, MLA, Chicago, and CSE formats are supported.

OSLIS Secondary Citation Maker
From the Oregon School Library Information System. You fill in the citation information, OSLIS formats the citation for you!


EXAMPLES

APA Citation Examples.
From Easy Bib. Uses the new 6th edition form.


VIDEOS

Citations inside the text of your paper.
11 Minutes, but you can jump to specific sections. From NOVA Southeastern University.

How to cite articles in the Works Cited page of your paper.
4.30 Minutes. Also from NOVA.

How to cite books in the Works cited page of your paper.
4 minutes, from NOVA.

Psychology 285 Seminar and Practicum!

60-Second Mind from Scientific American

The latest news and commentary on behavior and brain research - updated every Saturday.

**Links open in a new window**

Psychology Career Resources

APA (American Psychological Association) careers in psychology page.

PCC Psychology Department Webpage

Psychology in the Newz

Are there biological causes to pedophilia? (L.A. Times, January 2013)

The Science behind the causes of Child Sex Abuse. (Rachel Aziz, New Yorker, Jan 13, 2013) A much longer article, and it includes the legal problems of forcing convicted pedophiles to remain in state mental hospitals after they have served their prison sentences.

Children of Same-Sex Couples. The American Psychological Association said that there is 'no difference' in the children of same-sex and mixed-sex couples. A new study says "we can't be sure of that." (June 2012)

Stress and Memory. Is the memory of police officers reliable? (Oregonian, April 10, 2012) See the five minute video inside the article to see the tests being performed. (A cop is 'shot' at a traffic stop.)  The peer-reviewed paper that is the final product of this study is linked in the next box down the page.

How police interview techniques may encourage false confessions. (Douglas Starr, New Yorker, Dec 9 2013)

Other Psychology News.   More than you can imagine.

Professional Organizations

These are just a few of the many professional organizations you'll find on the Internet.

Academy for Eating Disorders
http://www.aedweb.org/
A multidisciplinary professional organization focused on eating disorders research and treatment. Website offers information on group memberships, annual conferences, and links.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
http://www.aacap.org/
Website has information on AACAP membership, meetings, publications, research and more.

American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP)
http://www.communitypsychiatry.org/
Website contains the association's mission statement as well as links to electronic communities, information about conferences, and links related to community psychiatry.

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
http://www.aagpgpa.org/
Website provides news, facts, tools, and expert information for adults coping with mental health issues and aging. Also includes materials for the medical community and other professionals with an interest in geriatric mental health, as well as an online catalog of AAGP news, events, and the association's background

American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org/
The APA website contains information about APA publications and other news in the field of psychology. Also, it contains links to other psychology sites, as well as opportunities for research.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
http://www.adaa.org/
The ADAA promotes the prevention and cure of anxiety disorders and works to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them. The association consists of professionals who conduct research and treat anxiety disorders, and individuals who have a personal or general interest in learning more about such disorders.

National Centre for Eating Disorders
http://eating-disorders.org.uk/
This site provides information and help on all aspects of eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Overeating Disorder, and related eating disorders.

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
http://www.narsad.org/
Website contains information about the NARSAD as well as links to information about research grants, publications, and facts on brain disorders.

National Center for PTSD
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
Help for U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

Society for Research in Child Development
http://www.srcd.org/
The purposes of the society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings.

Peer Review Study on Police Reactions to Stress

Here is the formal peer-reviewed article that is the result of the work reported in the Oregonian.

Get Help in Person or by Phone

Getting help with the library catalog

You can ask our librarians a question during open hours at any PCC Library.

 

 

Need the phone number for your campus? Contact us! If you'd rather come by in person, check the PCC Library locations and hours.

How to Cite Your Sources - APA Only

NOTE: All of the programs below are 'pretty good'. If your instructor is a stickler, be sure to double-check your results with the citation makers listed below.

EasyBib
Automatic citation maker. APA, MLA, Chicago, and CSE formats are supported.

OSLIS Secondary Citation Maker
From the Oregon School Library Information System. You fill in the citation information, OSLIS formats the citation for you!


EXAMPLES

APA Citation Examples.
From Easy Bib. Uses the new 6th edition form.


VIDEOS

Citations inside the text of your paper.
11 Minutes, but you can jump to specific sections. From NOVA Southeastern University.

How to cite articles in the Works Cited page of your paper.
4.30 Minutes. Also from NOVA.

How to cite books in the Works cited page of your paper.
4 minutes, from NOVA.

Help from Tutors

Tutors are available to you both in person and online, and the service is free! Cascade, Sylvania, Rock Creek and Southeast Center each have a tutoring center with excellent in-person tutors in most subjects. If you're working on a paper, the writing tutors are popular (so don't wait until the last minute)! You can get more information about each campuses hours and locations at the links below:

Cascade Campus Learning Center

Rock Creek Student Learning Center

Tutoring at Southeast Center

Tutoring at Sylvania

Or get started working with PCC's online tutors:

eTutoring at PCC

Helping Yourself!

Group of studentsPCC Library has lots of resources that you can use on your own. You may already know that about the quiet study spaces as well as study rooms you can reserve.

StarCiting sources is another way you can help yourself! PCC Library has all the information you need on Cite Sources. The library also has video tutorials on everything from how to develop a topic for your paper to figuring out how to incorporate those citations. You'll find those videos, as well as information about using e-resources, at Tutorials and Handouts.

Chat or Text a Librarian for Help

You can chat with a PCC librarian any time you see the PCC Ask A Librarian chat widget on any of the library's pages (like the PCC Library home page) or in a subject guide like this one. You can also get to us through AIM, Yahoo!, or Google Talk.

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Google Talk: pcclib@gmail

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Need to ask a question by email? That's easy too. Use Ask a Librarian, or find your favorite librarian's email address on Library Staff.

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