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Psychology: Home

Finding a topic

Having trouble finding a paper topic?  Here are some suggestions from the American Psychological Association.

Finding resources

Resources for your topic may be found in several places:

A general overview of any topic can be found in a Reference book.  Good places to find Reference books are Credo Reference and the Gale Reference.

An entire book (either on the shelf or on the computer) on a single topic may be found in the catalog.  The primary call number for psychology books is 150.

Articles are found in databases.  One of the best sources for articles in psychology journals is the database PsycInfo.

Databases covering related disciplines may also contain articles of interest:

Communication and Mass Media Complete

Education via ERIC

Family and Society Studies Worldwide


Sociological Abstracts

Conducting your own research.

Survey instruments and tests may be found in several sources including:

PsycTests contains some freely available, noncommercial tests and surveys.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (R 016.15 B93) and Tests in Print (R 016.3712 T28) are print sources that list the reliability and validity of many commercial tests.  Test publishers are also listed.  Remember commercial publishers generally charge per answer sheet fo any test ordered.

If using human subjects, remember to consult the guidelines and fill out the forms for the Protection of Human Participants in Research.


Am I limited to what is at Meredith?

You may borrow materials from other universities in Raleigh.

Click here to see the Cooperating Raleigh College agreement.

If a journal article is not at Meredith or a book is not at Meredith or North Carolina State University you may submit an ILL request.

Writing it all down

Endnote Web and Zotero are products which allows you to collect all your documentation in one place.

APA (American Psychological Association) publishes its own style manual describing your paper's format

Other student papers are in the library.

Now what? (do I do with a psychology degree)

Possible careers?

Test preparation for the Graduate Record Exam:

Graduate school:

  • Applying to Graduate School in Psychology: Advice from successful students and prominent psychologists 150.711 Ap589
  • Getting In: A step-by-step plan for gaining admission to graduate school in psychology  150.71 G33 (2 copies, one on reserve)
  • Surviving Graduate School in Psychology:  A pocket mentor 150.711 K96s

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