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LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books)
General Call Letters "BF" for Psychology, "RC" for Psychiatry.
List of New COD Library books in Psychology
List of New COD Library books in Psychiatry
Information on I-SHARE, to borrow books from other Illinois academic libraries.
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and articles from libraries not in the I-SHARE system.

Use the Academic Videos Online database to find streaming videos on psychology, counseling, and other topics.


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Credo Reference. This database has a wide variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks that contain a lot of different information.

APA Dictionary of Psychology. Reference BF 31 .A63 2007

Autism Encyclopedia. Reference RC 553 .A 88 A 847 2005

Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook. General RC 553 .A 88 B 47 2010

A Biographical Dictionary of Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists Reference BF 109 .A 1 S 76 2008

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology Reference BF 109 .A1 B56 1997

Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness Reference RC 455.4 .E 8 C 782 2014

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Ed. (DSM-V) Ready Reference RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2013

Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment and Prevention. (2013)

Elsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology (2008)

Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. (2005)

Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology

Encyclopedia of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders. (2009)

Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. (2005)

Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Reference BF 697.5 .B 63 E 55 2012

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

Encyclopedia of Consciousness

Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology. (2010)

Encyclopedia of Depression

Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology.

Encyclopedia of Emotion.

Encyclopedia of Human Development.

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. (2009)

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Reference HM626 .E538 2009

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology

Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders. (2012)

Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2009)

Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P 67 E 53 2008

Encyclopedia of Psychology

Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law.

Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (2010)

Encyclopedia of School Psychology.

Encyclopedia of Social Deviance.

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology.

Encyclopedia of Stress and Stress-Related Diseases Reference QP 82.2 .S 8 K 34 2006

Encyclopedia of Suicide

Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide. Reference RC 552 .P67 E534 2012

The Five Senses and Beyond : The Encyclopedia of Perception Reference BF 311 .F 53 2017

Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology. Reference BF 109 .A 1 S 49 2004

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health Reference RC 437 .G 36 2008

Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders (2012)

Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology. Reference BF 31 .G 35 2001

Glossary of Children's Mental Health Terms

The International Encyclopedia of Depression

Key Concepts in Developmental Psychology. (2006)

Key Concepts in Health Psychology. (2009)

Key Concepts in Learning Disabilities. (2010)

Key Concepts in Sports Psychology. General GV 706.4 .K 49 2012

Key Thinkers in Psychology. (2006)

Learning and Memory: An Encyclopedia. Reference BF 318 .E 53 2003

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. Reference HQ 1073 .M 33 2003

Magill's Encyclopedia of Social Science : Psychology. Reference BF 31 .M 33 2003

Mental Disorders of the New Millennium

Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. (2013)

Military Psychologist's Desk Reference

Outbreak: The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Behavior. Reference HM 866 .E 93 2009

Oxford Companion to Emotion and the Affective Sciences. Reference BF 531 .O 984 2009

Oxford Companion to the Mind. Reference BF 31 .O 94 2004

The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology

Psychologists and Their Theories for Students Reference BF109 .A1 P72 2004

Psychologists' Desk Reference

Psychology Basics: Vol. 1, Abnormality: Psychological Models-- Learning Disorders

Psychology Basics: Vol. 2, Logic and Reasoning-- Women's Psychology: Sigmund Freud

Psychology of Women

Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence. (2015)

21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

We did What? Offensive and Inappropriate Behavior in American History.


You need a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.


PsycInfo. An index to journals in human services, counseling, psychology and related fields. Provides primarily references and abstracts for articles. Some articles are available full-text or online. There are also references and abstracts for book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Use the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms (located online in PsycINFO) to locate acceptable terms for your research topic.

SocIndex This database has hundreds of thousands of full text articles, with citations and abstracts for thousands more articles.

Other Databases

Academic Search Complete. Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.

Classics in the History of Psychology. From York University in Toronto, Canada. This source includes the full texts of 25 books and over 200 historically significant public domain articles in psychology and allied disciplines. There are also links to other related sites.

JSTOR. This is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

National Newspapers (ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)

Project MUSE. This database offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, psychology, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress, sponsored by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

PsycARTICLES. From the American Psychological Association (APA), this database is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 122,000 articles from 60 journals.

Research in Action. This database from the American Psychological Association provides summaries of important findings, as well as practical applications of psychological issues adapted from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Social Psychology Network. Under Social Psychology Pages, select Professional Journals.

World Database of Happiness: Archive of Research Findings on Subjective Enjoyment of Life. This database is a collection of research on the subject of happiness.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Does the COD Library own the journal that I need?
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Study Article


Background Readings
Facial Expression of Emotion
Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal Communication and Power
Nonverbal Cues

List of COD Library books on Body Language or Nonverbal Communication
List of COD Library videos on Body Language or Nonverbal Communication
Lying and Deception Library Research Guide
Sex Library Research Guide
Sociology Library Research Guide


Background Readings
Aggression in Schools
Bullying and Victimization in Schools
Internet Trolling

List of COD Library books on Bullying.
List of COD Library books on Cyberbullying
List of COD Library videos on Bullying
List of COD Library videos on Cyberbullying


(And right below this, see the section on Why Do We Believe?)
Fake News

Background Readings
Bogus Warnings
False Consensus Effect
False Uniqueness Bias
Group Think
Illusion of Transparency
Moral Reasoning
Narcissistic Entitlement
Positive Illusions
Priming of thoughts and emotions
Self - Deception
Truth Telling
The Value of Knowledge and Truth (Philosophy)

Reference Books
Encyclopedia of Deception.
The Blame Game : Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government.
Detect Deceit : How to Become a Human lie Detector in under 60 Minutes. General BF 637 .D 42 C 73 2012
A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. General BC 177 .L 486 2016
Liars : How Progressives Exploit our Fears for Power and Control.
Lies We Live By: Defeating Double-Talk and Deception in Advertising, Politics, and the Media. General BF 637.D 42 H 68 2000
Partisan Journalism : A History of Media Bias in the United States. General PN 4888 .O 25 K 84 2014
Predictive Analytics : The Power to Predict Who will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die. General
PR! A Social History of Spin. General HM 263 .E 849 1996
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia.
Spy the Lie : Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception. General HV 8078 .S 66 2012
You're Lying : Secrets from an Expert Military Interrogator to Spot the Lies and Get to the Truth.
Political Communication research guide

Why Do We Believe?

Background Readings
Belief Perseverance
Knowledge and Belief

COD Library Books
A Consumer's Guide to Information : How to Avoid Losing Your Mind on the Internet. General ZA 3075 .A 586 2016
Counterknowledge : How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History.
The Decision to Trust : how Leaders Create High-Trust Organizations.
Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience. Reference Q 157 .E 57 2000
Good without God : What a Billion Nonreligious People do Believe.
The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty : How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves.
On Rumors : How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What can be Done.
The Spirit of Disobedience : Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work.
The Stewart/Colbert Effect : Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News.
Telling the Truth : Why Our Culture and Our Country have Stopped Making Sense, and What We can do About It.
This Explains Everything : Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works.
Unbelievable : Why We Believe and Why We Don't.
Why People Believe Weird Things : Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time.

Research Guides
Fake News
Folklore, Legends, Mythology, and Superstitions
Lying and Deception right above this
Religious Studies
Racism and Discrimination
Science and Politics


Citing Your Sources
Social Science Research guide
Tests and Measures research guide
American Psychological Association Ethics
American Psychiatric Association Ethics

Background Readings
Research Methods
Data Collection
Descriptive Research
Longitudinal Research
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research
Research Methods for the Study of Personal Relationships

General call number area: BF 76.5
Critical Thinking about Research : Psychology and Related Fields. General BF 76.5 .M 45 1998
Designing and Proposing your Research Project. General BF 76.5 .U 73 2018
Essentials of Research Design and Methodology.
Experimental Design and Statistics for Psychology: A First Course.
Five Ways of doing Qualitative Analysis : Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry.
The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research. Reserves BF 76.5 .D 864 2013
A Research Guide to Psychology: Print and Electronic Sources.
Research Methods: From Theory to Practice. General BF 76.5 .G 67 2018
Research Methods in Forensic Psychology.
Research Methods in Psychology: A Handbook. General BF 76.5 .S 39 2006
Research Methods in Psychology for Dummies.
Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology.

Doing Teams Research
Ethics in Psychological Research

General call number area: BF 76.7
APA Style Simplified : Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology. Reference BF 76.7 .B 447 2012
Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations.
How to Write in Psychology: A Student Guide. General BF 76.8 .B 425 2009
The Principles of Writing in Psychology. General BF 76.7 .S 57 2004
Undergraduate Writing in Psychology. General BF 76.7 .L 36 2008
Writing Literature Reviews. General H 62 .G 35 2004
Writing Papers in Psychology. General BF 76.7 .R 67 2012
Writing Your Psychology Research Paper. General BF 76.7 .B 35 2018


Education research guide
Social Science Research guide
General Book Call Number Areas
Education - LB 3050 - LB 3051
Psychology - BF 176
Psychiatry - RC 435 - RC 571
The Library does not have a separate collection of actual tests. Many of these can be found as appendices for research journal articles. Some are even available free out on the Internet. The Library does have a few books that are concerned with tests, and they are listed in the Library Catalog, just search under the name of the test.

Background Readings
Ability Tests
Achievement Tests
Aptitude Tests
Behavioral Assessment in Schools
Competency Testing
Data Collection
Ethical Issues in Testing
High-Stakes Testing
History of Educational Testing
Integrity Testing
IQ - Intelligence Quotient Tests
Mental Testing
Performance Tests
Personality Assessment
Psychological Assessment
Psychological Tests
Quantitative Research
Standardized Testing
Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

Reference Books
APA Dictionary of Statistics and Research Methods. Reference BF 76.5 .A 7263 2014
Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment
Encyclopedia of Evaluation.
Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence. Reference BF 431 .E 59 1994
Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics.
Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment
Pruebas Publicadas en Espanol - An Index of Spanish Tests in Print. Reference LB 3051 .P 784 2013
Mental Measurements Yearbook. Reference LB 3051 .M 4x
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Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Reference LB 3051 .A 693 2014
Test Critiques. General BF 176 .T 419
Tests in Print. Reference LB 3050 .T 4
(For a brief description of this reference tool, click here.)


Anthropology (with a section of resources on Ethnic and Culture groups)
Fake News
Food and Culture
Health, Illness, Society and Culture
Human Services
Political Science
Science and Politics
Social Problems
Social Science Research
Statistics for Demographics and Business/Economics
Urban Studies
Veteran's Resources
Women and Gender Studies
Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves


Citing Sources help page
College Success Skills
Learning Commons for Reading and Writing help

Emotions and Conflict Resolution Resources

Psychological Disorder Assignment
Psychology Research Article Assignment‚Äč

Evaluating Sources
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read and Understand a Psychology Journal Article
How to Write in Psychology: A Student Guide. General BF 76.8 .B 425 2009
Social Sciences Research guide
Write an Annotated Bibliography
Writing in the Social Sciences: A Guide for Term Papers and Book Reviews. General PE 1479 .S 62 M 85 2010
Writing Research Papers in the Social Sciences. General PE1479 .S 62 L 47 2006


Psych Web. Includes links to classic psychology books, career information, college and university psychology departments, other "megalists" of Web resources, and online psychology journals.

American Psychological Association. Includes selected stories on recent research studies taken from APA's monthly bulletin; articles on current topics in the media; links to information about aging, depression, AIDS, parenting, and psychology and the law; full texts of selected articles from APA journals; and career and psychology education information for students.

Dr. Michael Fenichel's Current Topics in Psychology. Provides full-text sources drawn from various kinds of publications for professionals, parents, and students.

Mental Help Net. A full-text resource for information regarding mental health, mental illness, and various treatments. Includes an extensive "self-help" section.

National Institute of Mental Health. Includes information on mental health topics as well as resources to find funding and treatment.

MedlinePlus: National Library of Medicine: Mental Health. Latest news, overviews, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, specific conditions/aspects, alternative therapy, nutrition, statistics, etc.