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This guide is your starting place for research in the field of psychology.

Welcome to the Psychology Subject Guide!

On these subject guides, librarians have brought together the best library and web resources to find the information you need for your assignments.

  • The grey tabs take you to different pages of information
  • Each page has links to different boxes of information & resources
  • You can also use the box in the top right to search the guide - you'll get the best results only using one or two words

If you still need help after looking at these resources, you'll find a link to Ask A Librarian at the bottom of each page of this guide.

Overview of Library Resources

If you are new to KPU, this video will give you a quick overview of the most popular library services & resources on our website.

Don't want to watch a video? Our new student guide will probably answer most of the questions you have about the Library.

Go to the Library's Page for New Students

Summon Search

The Summon (search box below) a quick way to search most of the Library's collection at once.

The video will give you a quick how-to intro to Summon, or read the hot spots on this Summon screenshot for brief tips & tricks before getting started.

Not finding what you need in Summon? You may need to search in a different place or change your search strategy. Click on the grey tabs to check other guide pages for additional databases, information and resources.


A Few Tips on How to Pick a Topic for your Psychology Paper

This video will give you some tips on how to pick a topic for your research paper/assignment, as well as picking the best words to use when searching for information on your topic.

Still stuck? Look below to find:

  • Review journals, which talk about research topic trends in psychology
  • Books about famous studies and topics in psychology

Annual Review of Psychology - The "Most Cited...", "Most Downloaded..." and "Top scoring reviews on Altmetric" areas here, will give you an idea of popular research areas.

Current Directions in Psychological Science - The "Most Read", "Most Cited" and "Trending on Altmetric" tabs here will give you an idea of popular research areas. Note: the Library pays a fee to access this journal, so you'll need to enter your KPU credentials to view the full-text content off campus.

KPU Library's Doing Research Tutorial Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources

For a great introduction to doing library research, check out this KPU Library tutorial. The four modules use short videos and practice activities to help you:

  • Get Started on your Research
  • Recognize Types of Information
  • Develop your Search Strategy
  • Evaluate your Sources

To open the tutorial:

This is set up like an ebook, so you can jump in and out of whatever sections you are interested in.

Not finding what you need?   

From our Ask Us page you can:

  • Visit the one of the Library's Research Help desks in person
  • Email a Librarian
  • Text a Librarian
  • Chat Live with a Librarian
  • Book a virtual or in-person appointment with a subject specialist librarian (like me! :-) 
  • Phone the Library

Library employees are monitoring the queues above and will respond to you as soon as possible.

Go to the Ask Us page

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