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Psychology Research Guide

Background research

Background research can help you:

  • narrow down a broad theme into a smaller topic
  • learn the basics of your topic
  • develop a list of keywords to use when searching for more sources
  • develop a research question and/or thesis statement

Starter databases

Starter databases:

  • simple, browseable databases meant to help students with background research
  • often contain credible reference articles, but can also have viewpoint essays
  • a good alternative or supplement to Wikipedia

Best starter databases for Psych topics:

Gale eBooks tutorial

Gale eBooks Tutorial

  • This database has subject-specific encyclopedia articles which provide simple topic overviews.
  • A perfect way to get to know your topic before diving deeper into scholarly research.
  • Watch the video below to learn more:

Try it out!

Psychology Book Picks

Recommended eBooks

Books You Can Find in Our Library

Recommended Books in the Library

Browse the library stacks by subject matter:

  • BF500s Affection; feeling; emotions; motivation
  • BF698 Personality
  • BF712-724 Developmental Psychology