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Subject Guide-- Psyc. 306 - Social Psychology

Getting Help

Hello, I'm Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services at the Blackwell Library. I supervise the Research & Instructional Services (RIS) Department and the Access Services Department. What it means for you is that I am your contact person for your instructional needs at the Blackwell Library.

You can call me at 410-543-6131 or email me at

 Other Contacts in the Library

  • You can call the Research & Instructional Services Desk at 1-888-543-0148 (ask for Blackwell Library Research Help Desk) or directly at 410-548-5988

  • Stephanie Fridie is the liaison for Collection Development. You can contact Stephanie at

  • You can chatwith the Circulation staff asking them basic library questions including Interlibrary Loan (ILL) questions.

  • You can chatwith the Research & Instructional Services librarians to ask them research questions.

  • You can also get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow reference service.   Find out more about that here.

I'd highly encourage you to also go through the Library Tutorial as it will answer many of the questions you have.

If you're new to the library website, here's a quick tutorial to show you how to get around!

Reference Sources



Psychology Related Periodicals in Blackwell Library & Online 

Paper copies of journals, bound volumes, and current issues

For complete records of journal holdings in Blackwell Library, search catalogUSMAI for the title of the journal.

Electronic journals - full text of articles available online

See the E-journals list in Research Port to find journals in electronic format.

Links to Journal Information

Electronic Journals and Periodicals in Psychology

HighWire Press Stanford University Free Online Full-text Articles

PSYCLINE  Guide to Psychology & Social Science Journals on the Web  

Ask A Librarian

Finding Articles

Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.  Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.  What does that mean?  Find out using this comparison table handout.

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text.  Here is a list of databases you might want to try.  NOTE: If you are off campus, you will need to log in with the barcode from the BACK of your Gull Card to access the databases.


  • Academic Search Premier - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information.

  • National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post.


  • PsycINFO - produced by American Psychological Association (APA), PsycINFO is the gold standard database for psychology and related fields, with more than 1.7 million citations and abstracts of journal articles, book chapters and books, technical reports, and dissertations. Its holdings include material from 1,700 periodicals in over 30 languages.

  • PsycArticles- includes full text articles from 71 journals in psychology and related fields.

  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences -  provides coverage of nearly 550 full-text journals, including more than 500 peer-reviewed titles. The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Nearly every full-text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO.


  • CINAHL - a comprehensive nursing and allied health database.

  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source - a full-text resource providing access to scholarly research in nursing and related fields. The collection consists of over 400 journals.

  • MEDLINE - Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries.

  • ERIC - "Education Resources Information Center," a database with full text education articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to non-full text resources.

  • Social Sciences Abstracts - articles and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and more.

Find It Button


It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.  Watch this video tutorial for more information about ILL.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  See it in action in this tutorial!

You can also use the Citation Linker, another fabulously cool tool.   It is useful when you are reading an article and it cites another article that looks like it would be super useful for your research.   You plug in the citation information for that article and can find out how to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the library, or through Interlibrary Loan.  It works the same way as Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.

Learn more about the Citation Linker!

Everybody's Favorite: Statistics!

You can also try your hand at finding datasets by Googling "public use" AND dataset AND [your topic].   Statistics can be tricky, so be sure and let me know if you're having problems finding what you want!

Citing your work

is not cool.  Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Use this guide to help you cite your work, and remember librarians are good at answering citation questions as well!

Here are some of my favorite sites for help with APA Style:


American Psychological Association (APA)

APA Writing Links





Government Information Sources

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

National Institute of Mental Health

Mental Health Information Sources

General Mental Health Links

Mental Health Special Interest Group, Medical Library Association

Mental Health Links, Association of Mental Health Librarians (AMHL)

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The instruction librarian liaison to Psychology is Mou Chakraborty, | 410-543-
Stephanie Fridie is the liaison for Psychology 410-543-6206