PSYC2193: Research Design (Russell)

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This guide lists sources from AUM's Library and the web which you can use for research on your topic. If you have questions, please:

  • go to the Reference Desk on the Library's second floor
  • call the Reference Desk at 334-244-3649 when we are open
  • Ask A Librarian by e-mail


Reference Sources

Reference sources and librarians at the Reference Desk can help you:

  • explore potential topics that interest you
  • find background information on your chosen topic
  • locate brief factual information like statistics, dates, names, and places quickly
  • create a list of words that describe your topic (You'll need these when you search for books and articles on your topic.)
  • determine the best sources for finding information on your topic

The reference sources listed here are a sample of what's available in the Reference Collection on the second floor of the Library.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • APA Dictionary of Psychology
    Reference: BF 31 .V295 2006
  • Elsevier’s Dictionary of Psychological Theories
    Reference: BF 31 .E44 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology
    Reference: BF 31 .E52 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
    Reference: GN 502 .E63 2006

Library Research

  • Library Use: Handbook for Psychology
    Reference: BF 76.8 .R43 2003


Journal Articles

To find journal articles, use the Library's online databases which are accessible off campus.

The entire text of many articles is included in the Library's databases. If an article is not in the database you are searching, you may be able to find it in another database or in the Library's Periodicals Collection:

  • by clicking on Article Linker
  • by typing the journal title into Serials Solutions (AUM)

Journals in the Periodicals Collection on the second floor of the Library are arranged by call number. Ask at the Reference Desk if you need assistance.

You may request articles that are not available in the Library or the databases through Interlibrary Loan.

Psychology Databases & Print Abstracts

Health Sciences Databases

General Databases



You can request books not available in the Library or EBSCO eBook Collection through Interlibrary Loan. Books may also be requested through Universal Borrowing.


Citing Your Sources

Why do sources have to be cited?

  • to give credit to the original author
  • to avoid plagiarism
  • to help others find and verify information

You can read more about plagiarism in CQ Researcher (September 19, 2003).

How do I cite sources?

For this course, you'll use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Copies of the APA Manual are available at the Reference Desk on the second floor. You can also consult Web sites providing information on APA citation format.

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