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Psychology Research Guide

A starting assistance to students and faculty for the research in Psychology area.

Why books?

Books can give you background, historical context, and the "big picture." Always remember to follow up using the author's bibliography for more sources.

Search SearchBox to find books that we have here at Catholic University, online (e-books), and within the WRLC. If a book is located at another school in the WRLC, click on the "Request" link to have it sent here for your use.

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Open Textbooks Options for Psychology Courses

Open Access Textbooks

Open Educational Materials (OER) are freely available textbooks and supplemental material that can augment or take the place of costly copyrighted textbooks. To learn more, please visit our Open Educational Resources Guide.

Below are some selected openly available material based on the Department of Psychology course requirements. This collection will be updated as needed.


Need more books?

Search WorldCat for books in other libraries. Or search Google Books to see if you can get the book online.

Subjects -- Call numbers -- Locations

Want to browse the shelves for the books you like? See the table for the subjects, call number ranges, and locations in Mullen Library.

Please note: some books, such as encyclopedia, dictionaries, and handbooks, may be shelved in the Reference Reading Room.


Subject Call Number Location in Mullen Stacks
Psychoanalysis BF 173-175.5 3A North
Psychological Tests and Testing BF 176-176.5 3A North
Experimental Psychology BF 180-198.7 3A North
Cognition, Perception, Intuition, Memory BF 309-499 3A North
Personality BF 698-698.9 3A North
Developmental Psychology BF 712-724 3A North-Center
Temperament. Character BF 795-839 3A Center
Educational psychology LB 1050.9-1091 2 Center
Neurophysiology. Neuropsychology QP 351-495 1A South
Neurology. Psychiatry RC 321-571 1A South
Psychiatry. Therapeutics. Mental retardation RC 435-571 1A South


Selected reference books

Books by famous / authoritative psychologists

There are many ways to locate a book written by a famous or authoritative psychologist.

Of course, the easiest way is that you already know the book title or author. In this case, you just need to search the book title or author in the SearchBox, and then request it or locate it in library stacks.

If you don't know any books or authors, here is a way to find them.

  1. Come to Mullen Library Reference Reading Room, find the "Encyclopedia of Psychology" (BF 31 .E52 2000);
  2. Pick the vol. 8, and go to the Index section at the back of that volume;
  3. Look for the area that you are interested in, such as "developmental psychology", and "social psychology", in the Index;
  4. Usually in the Index, under the big entry for that area, it also lists some sub-entries, which includes the famous psychologists in that area. You can find more information about that person and his/her works in the indicated volume and pages.
  5. Go to the SearchBox to search for that book or that author that you found from Step 4.


Anytime you are welcome to stop by the Information Desk or contact me when you have questions.

APA style books at Catholic University

These books tell and show you the APA style rules. Also Purdue OWL provides online APA style guides.