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Internet Resources – A Guide
Compiled by Niki La Teer, Library Assistant

General Research Resources

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals (Cornell University)

This guide helps students understand the important differences between scholarly and other types of publications. Also includes links to video presentations on the topic.

Evaluating Web Content (University Libraries – University at Albany, NY)

This website focuses on teaching users, particularly students, to critically evaluate content they encounter on the internet, particularly content which may prove useful in an academic setting.

Psychology Wiki

While wiki sites are typically not accepted resources in scholarly work, this one provides both fairly thorough background information on a wide range of topics and links to primary sources. It also provides an extensive list of psychological journals, with a separate entry specifically dedicated to all those journals available for free online.

WorldCat

WorldCat is the premier source for locating books, dissertations, and other research material found in libraries throughout the world.

APA Formatting and Citations

APA Style (American Psychological Association)

The official website of the APA Publication Manual. Provides full flash tutorials covering APA style and formatting, as well as a more detailed summary of the Sixth edition for those already acquainted with APA style.

Endnote

Website for Endnote, computer software which allows users to automatically create formatted bibliographies, as well as organize references and articles and search numerous online bibliographic databases. (Note: Free trial is available for download, but full version must be purchased.)

Purdue Online Writing Lab: APA Formatting

Purdue University’s OWL offers a guide to APA formatting, including a sample APA paper and links to additional resources.

Research Databases and Journals


ArXiv.org

“ArXiv.org …is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. Covered areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, and statistics.” While most articles available are under the category of physics and mathematics, the site contains a large quantitative biology section, containing a number of articles on cognition, genomics, and neurobiology.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contains a wealth of statistical information concerning health and mental well-being in different groups (Women, children, college students, etc.)

CogPrints: Cognitive Sciences EPrint Archive

“CogPrints [is] an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science...Philosophy...Biology [and] Medicine…as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.”

Directory of Open Access Journals

“This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.” The website provides full listings and links to scholarly journals in a number of disciplines. A large number of these journals can also be searched at the article level.

Google™ Scholar

“Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search…across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.”

Highwire (Stanford University)

“HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1277 journals and 6,107,411 full text articles from over 140 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made 1,937,908 articles free.” Hosts a large number of free full-text articles from medical and psychiatric journals.

HyperPsycoloquy

Psycoloquy is an electronic journal sponsored by the APA that “publishes target articles and peer commentary in all areas of psychology as well as cognitive science, neuroscience, behavioral biology, artificial intelligence, robotics/vision, linguistics and philosophy.” Full articles are available for free on its website.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

“ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.” Offers large collections of social science data, particularly statistical information and polls.

Los Angeles Public Library Databases

The city library provides remote access to many databases containing peer-reviewed articles, such as Research Library ProQuest and General OneFile. Users need a (free) library card, obtainable from any local branch of the LAPL system.

National Academies

A collection of multi-disciplinary journals, articles, and books published by the National Academies, which focuses on engineering, medicine, and science. Most of these are available for free in their entirety and are linked to on the front page. Includes a subsection on the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

“The PubMed database comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.”

Writing


All About Plagiarism Tutorial (University of Texas Libraries)

“After completing this tutorial, you will be able to: define plagiarism, determine what sources need to be cited in your writing, paraphrase the words of others…[and] effectively incorporate quotations in your own writing.”

Guide to Plagiarism and Cyber-Plagiarism (University of Alberta Libraries)

“The purpose of this web site is to examine the issues of plagiarism and cyber-plagiarism and what faculty can do to prevent, detect, and report plagiarism.”

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell University Library)

Covers the process of creating a properly formatted, analytically minded annotated bibliography. Contains both writing and citation examples.

Psychology With Style: A Hypertext Writing Guide(University of Wisconsin)

“This hypertext guide is an attempt to make the style of writing used in the field of psychology clear to you. It summarizes a lot of the material available in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition) (2001) and…it includes numerous hints to avoid common mistakes students make.” Contains a good deal of information on both style and formatting.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

This Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers multiple aspects of the writing process, including basic grammatical structure, methods for developing academic writing, plagiarism avoidance, and the ins and outs of research. The site also features a large section specifically for ESL students.

The Writing Center (University of Wisconsin)

Though the site is not exclusively designed for academic or graduate writing, it briefly covers nearly every aspect of the writing process, from the development of a thesis to the final proofreading.

A Writing Tutorial for Graduate Students(Drake University)

This site provides a writing tutorial specifically for graduate students, covering the basics of structure and citation but also the differences in style and content that elevate writing to the graduate level. It also offers an exhaustive list of helpful writing links, a writing rubric, and examples of varying qualities of work.
Statistics and SPSS Help

Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys

“The National Institute of Mental Health Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES) provides data on the distributions, correlates, and risk factors of mental disorders among the general population, with special emphasis on minority groups. This project joins together three nationally representative surveys: the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), the National Survey of American Life (NSAL), and the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS).” Site provides a wealth of information concerning the epidemiology of most major disorders categorized in the DSM-IV and ICD-10.

FedStats

This site is the starting point for locating statistics collected and analyzed by any U.S. Government agency. Links are provided to locate statistics by topic and by specific agency.

Little Handbook of Statistical Practice (Tufts University)

While not an online textbook, the Little Handbook of Statistical Practice provides a wealth of information not only about specific statistical tests, but also on the overall practice of using statistics. Written in layman’s terms, it is particularly useful for understanding the “why” of statistics, along with the “how.”

SPSS Frequently Asked Questions (UCLA)

The site lists a number of frequently asked questions regarding SPSS, and provides very thorough answers, complete with example problems. Also provides links to FAQs regarding statistical computation in general.

Using SPSS to Understand Research and Data Analysis (Valparaiso University)

Essentially, an online textbook for the use of SPSS, covering from the very basic (i.e. opening the program) up to complex tests. The site makes full use of data examples, images from the program, and video detailing the exact steps necessary to complete various tasks.

Web Center for Social Research Methods (Cornell University)

“This website is for people involved in applied social research and evaluation. You'll find lots of resources and links to other locations on the Web that deal in applied social research methods.” Includes an interactive resource for helping students determine what kind of statistics should be used for any given set of data. By asking a series of questions (ex: “How many variables does the problem involve?”, “Is a distinction made between a dependent and an independent variable?”, etc.), the resource provides the necessary statistical test, the statistical measure, and potentially relevant notes.

Theses & Dissertations
 

Education: Dissertations/Theses (Library of Congress)

A listing of dissertation databases from different countries. Most only allow a search by title, but a few offer full-text access.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

“The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. This website contains information about the initiative, how to set up Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programmes, how to create and locate ETDs, and current research in digital libraries related to NDLTD and ETDs.”

ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Database

“The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research.” Available by subscription, the site offers thousands of abstracts and full-text versions of theses and dissertations. (Note: The Phillips Graduate Institute Library does not subscribe to this database at this time.)

University Microfilm (UMI) Dissertation Express

Though the site is expressly for the purpose of purchasing copies of dissertations, it also includes a free search function, making it useful for searching for potentially helpful works by title.

WorldCat

“WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.” While no full-text is available, searching by the content type, “thesis/dissertation,” allows the user to find records for thousands of dissertations and theses.

Local and National Organizations


Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Website for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a non-profit group for both professionals and patients. “The Academy supports continuing education and research in cognitive therapy, provides a valuable resource in cognitive therapy for professionals and the public at large, and actively works towards the identification and certification of clinicians skilled in cognitive therapy”

American Art Therapy Association

“The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in art making is healing and life enhancing, Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.”

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy website provides a wealth of information for clients looking for a potential therapist. It also provides MFT students and professionals with recent research and findings, as well as connections, both academic and professional, to others in the field.

American Psychological Association

APA’s website contains a wealth of information for students and professionals alike. The “student page” includes information on student membership, APA style, publications of interest, and other topics.

American School Counselor Association

“The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.”

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

The official website for the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the organization in charge of licensing and certification of psychologists in the US and Canada. The site contains a good deal of useful information for those students preparing for licensure.

Bowen Center for the Study of the Family

The home website for the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, providing background information on Bowen’s theories as well as up-to-date news on research, events, and publications. MFT students in particular may find this useful.

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

“[The] California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is a California nonprofit corporation …[whose] activities revolve around …the advancement of marriage and family therapy as an art, a science and a mental health profession, and the advancement of the common business interests of its members.”

California Association of School Counselors

“CASC members are champions of a balanced approach to education, fairness and equity for all students, high academic standards, and appropriate, meaningful services that support students’ success in school and in life.”

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

“The Board of Behavioral Sciences is a California state regulatory agency responsible for licensing, examination, and enforcement of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), [and] Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)… The Board also works alongside other mental health agencies and organizations to advocate for increased consumer awareness and access to mental health services.”

California Psychological Association

“The California Psychological Association (CPA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit professional association for licensed psychologists and others affiliated with the delivery of psychological services…In addition to the role of advocate for the profession of psychology, CPA's members regularly provide free public service through programs such as its Public Education Campaign and its well-respected disaster response service. Additionally, CPA works closely with the media to provide timely and accurate information on a variety of issues to increase the understanding of human behavior.”

Los Angeles County Psychological Association

Though users must apply for membership, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association offers many benefits and a professional community to those mental health professionals working in and around LA. Their site has a directory of members, a calendar of the Association’s events, and the necessary application to apply for membership.

National Association of School Psychologists

“The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources…[to] advocate for the value of school psychological services [and] ensure that all school psychologists have the skills and competencies needed to meet the learning and mental health needs of all children and youth.”

Southern California Art Therapy Association

"The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) is a chapter of the American Art Therapy Association; it includes Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial counties."

Western Psychological Association

“The Western Psychological Association was founded … for the purpose of stimulating the exchange of scientific and professional ideas and… enhanc[ing] interest in the processes of research and scholarship in the behavioral sciences. Membership in the Western Psychological Association is open to both students and professionals who wish to support these goals and who would like to be a part of the network that we have created to further them.”


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Assessment Psychology Online

This website provides “useful, reliable and authoritative information about psychological assessment, testing, and practice management for practicing psychologists.”

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