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

Best Best: Reference Sources

Brief Wikipedia-like overviews can:

  • provide more information on a topic of interest
  • focus on key concepts, experts and research, which can
  • give you some ideas for narrowing down an essay topic

But Wikipedia isn't a reliable source of information, so you don't want to use it in the bibliography of an academic paper.

Luckily the Library has thousands of scholarly, online encyclopedias & dictionaries where you can probably find a write up on your general topic.

Watch this short snip (1.34 minutes) from our Background Information video to learn how to quickly limit your Summon Library search results to these Reference Sources.


These are psychology association and medical websites with write ups on different Psychology topics. Though these summaries are meant for the general public (and are not academic or peer-reviewed), professional associations are usually considered a high quality, reliable source of information because members are experts in the field.

Best Best: Books

Books can often provide the detailed background and overview information about your topic that you won't be able to find in encyclopedias (too short) or journal articles (too focused on very specific research questions or ideas).

You can find both print and ebooks (as well as videos and reports) using the library catalogue box below.

Never searched the library catalogue? You may want to watch this short video.

Search the KPU Catalogue

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