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A general research guide for the undergraduate and graduate courses in OSU's Psychology program.

Reference Works in Psychology

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Subject-specialized dictionaries and thesauri are useful not just for finding definitions of terms and phrases used within the field, but can provide alternative, narrower and broader terms for creating a catalog or database search.

  • A student's dictionary of psychology. 4th ed. BF31.S69 2003
  • Dictionary of multicultural psychology GN502.H336 2005
  • APA dictionary of psychology BF31 .A65 2007
  • Thesaurus of psychological index terms (latest ed.) BF1 .P71


  • Encyclopedia of cognitive science (4 v.) BF311.E53 2003
  • Encyclopedia of psychology (8 v.) BF31 .E52 2000
  • Gale encyclopedia of childhood & adolescence HQ772.G27 1998

Handbooks & Directories

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. BF76.7 .P83 2010b
  • Handbook of affective sciences BF511.H35 2003
  • Handbook of child psychology. 4 v. BF721 .H242 1998
  • Handbook of cognition BF201.H37 2005
  • Handbook of research methods in developmental science BF713.5.H36 2005
  • Handbook of research methods in clinical psychology RC467.8.H36 2003
  • Sage handbook of methods in social psychology HM1019.S24 2004

Yearbooks and Literature Reviews


Statistics Sources

Statistical Yearbook (UNESCO) - HA40.C8 U4

Statistical Abstract of the United States. (most recent issue at Reference Desk) - HA202
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Major U.S. Statistical Series - HA37.U55 S77 1992

FedStats - links to over 100 federal agencies with statistics

BLS - Other Statistical Sites - gateway to links for international statistics

Child Trends DataBank - Latest national trends and research on over 70 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month. You can sign up for e-mail updates.

America's Children in Brief - issues and indicators include demographics; childcare; family, health, and educational experiences; children's behavior; and the child's social environment