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Research Guide to Psychology: Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching psychology

Anatomy of a Research Article

Circulating Materials

To find books, audio/visual materials, or print periodicals on your topic, conduct a keyword or subject search in the Library Catalog.

Try synonyms and related terms:

insomnia   OR   "sleep disorders"
sociopathy   OR   antisocial
emotions   OR   feelings

From the information you find in the Catalog, be sure to note:

  • the Location of the item in the Library Building 
  • the item's  Call Number
  • whether the item is available or has been checked out

To become more familiar with finding materials in the Library's print collection, here's a guide to using Library of Congress call numbers:

Library Databases

Click on the links below to search for articles from periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers, etc.) and for information from electronic books and multimedia resources. From off-campus, you'll log in with your MyAACC credentials or the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card.

NOT ENOUGH INFO? Try our multi-disciplinary databases:

Searching for Full Text

No full text available?
Have only an article's abstract or just a citation?

Use the library's Finding Articles from Citations page, which is part of the Finding Materials from Citations Guide.

For assistance, contact the reference desk at 410-777-2456 or

Print Reference Materials

Find these materials in the Reference Section of Truxal Library:

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse (Ref) RC564.65 .A33 2013
  • American Psychiatric Glossary (Ref) RC436 .S76 2003
  • American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias  (Ref) RC523 .A48 2009
  • APA Dictionary of Psychology  (Ref)  BF31 .A65 2015
  • APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology  (Ref) HM1271 .A63 2014
  • Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Group Processes  (Ref)  HM131 .B53 2003
  • Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, & Prevention (Ref) BF697.5 .B65 B617 2011
  • Cambell's Psychiatric Dictionary (Ref) RC437 .H5 2009
  • Classic Experiments in Psychology  (Ref)  BF198.7 .M66 2004
  • The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology  (Ref) BF31 .E5 2010
  • Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5  (Ref Desk) RC470 .D47 2013
  • The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5  (Ref Desk) RC455.2 .C4 D536 2013
  • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV  (Ref Desk) RC455.2 .C4 D536 2000
  • A Dictionary of Psychology (Ref) BF31 .C65 2015
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality  (Ref) PN56 .S5 G56 2014
  • Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment  (Ref) RJ503 .H266 2005
  • Handbook of Adolescent Psychology (Ref) BF724 .H33 2009
  • Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science  (Ref) BF721 .H242 2015
  • Handbook of Children and the Media (Ref) HQ784 .T4 H29 2012
  • Handbook of Parenting  (Ref) HQ755.8 .H357 2002
  • Handbook of Psychology  (Ref)  BF121 .H1955 2003
  • Handbook of School Psychology  (Ref)  LB1051 .H2356 2009
  • Handbook on Sexual Violence  (Ref) HV6556 .H38 2012
  • Interpersonal Processes  (Ref) HM132 .I5 2003
  • Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry  (Ref) RC454 .C637 2009
  • The Language of Mental Health: A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms  (Ref) RC437 .L28 2011
  • Learning and Memory (Ref) BF121 .H1955 2003
  • The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders (Ref) RC552 .E18 O97 2010
  • The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology  (Ref) BF204.6 .O95 2009
  • The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping (Ref) RA785 .O94 2011
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance  BF697.5 .B63 O94 2012
  • The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam (Ref Desk) RC470 .N87 2013
  • A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions (Ref) RC455.2 .C4 G662 2014
  • A Primer on Mental Disorders: A Guide for Educators, Families, and Students  (Ref)  RC454 .P684 2001
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association  (Ref Desk) BF76.7 .P83 2010
  • The Sage Handbook of Social Psychology  (Ref)  HM1033 .S24 2003
  • A Short Guide to Writing about Psychology  (Ref) BF76.8 .D86 2011
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Abnormal Psychology  (Ref) RC454 .T286 2009
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Educational Psychology  (Ref) LB1051 .T167 2017
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Family and Personal Relationships (Ref) HQ536 .T35 2010
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality  (Ref) HQ18 .U5 T35 2010
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Lifespan Development  (Ref) BF713 .T35 2009
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues  (Ref)  BF149 .T34 2010
  • Violence Against Girls and Women: International Perspectives  (Ref)  HV6250.4 .G57 V558 2013
  • Youth Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook  (Ref) HV4999 .Y68 N49 2016

Research Assistance

More ways to get help:


MLA-style and APA-style guidelines change periodically, especially for citing sources accessed electronically. For the most up-to-date information about how to cite sources correctly, visit:

Using a citation generator from a database or website? Double-check to be sure the generator has used the current rules.

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