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Psychology and Counseling Library Research Guide: Strategy

This is a tutorial for psychology and counseling research in the library.


How do I get started with my research in the library?

1. Encyclopedias

2. Books

3. Journal Articles

Finding Journal Articles

  • Academic Search Complete
    Wide coverage of social sciences Use if your topic overlaps into other subject areas Approximately 50% of journals available in full text
    More than 45,000 articles from 57 journals; 46 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations
  • PsycINFO
    Premier research database for psychology/counseling Recent years index books as well as journal articles

Begin With Subject Encyclopedias

  • Get an overview of information on the subject.
  • Use indexes to find your topic.
  • Note if there is a bibliography at the end of the article.
  • Note the author of the article itself and authors in the bibliography.
  • Finding encyclopedias:
    * Ebsco Ebooks
    * Gale Virtual Reference Library
    * Library Catalog

Finding Books

  • Ebsco Ebooks
    gives you access to more than 50,000 fulltext books online.
  • WorldCat
    gives you the ability to search for books from thousands of libraries and to find out whether a particular library holds a particular book.
  • TexShare 
    is a consortium of most of the academic and public libraries in Texas. The TexShare website contains a list of members and information on whether they cooperate in the TexShare card program that enables St. Mary's students to check out books directly from those libraries using a TexShare card. Get your TexShare card at our circulation desk.

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Margaret Sylvia
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St. Mary's University Blume Library

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San Antonio, TX 78228-8608

210-436-3441 ext. 1320

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