Students can now self-enroll in the Alverno Library's APA Moodle course. This self-paced course covers the basics of in-text and reference list citation using APA citation style. Click here to access the course.
To find books located at the Alverno Library, visit the library home page and use the TOPCAT search box. TOPCAT can be used to find items that your instructor put on Reserve for your class or to find textbooks. You can also use TOPCAT to search for and request books from other libraries in the SWITCH consortium. Questions? Please contact a librarian for assistance.
Looking for new books or electronic books? Click the tabs located above this box.
To find articles on a topic: Visit the library's Databases by Subject page and select
Psychology & Social Work. Search for articles in any of the selected databases.
Not sure where to begin? PsycINFO is highly recommended for finding scholarly articles on a wide variety of psychology topics. Information on using PsycINFO is available here and PsycINFO tutorials are available here and here.
PsycARTICLES is another useful database. It is a subset of PsycINFO containing full text scholarly articles from American, British, Canadian and Australian sources on many, but not all psychology topics.
To find an article when you have a citation: Visit the library's home page and select the Google Scholar link to search the content of Alverno Library's databases as well as the "free" web. Enter the article title into the Google Scholar search box and look for the full text links on the right side of the page. Not finding what you need? Use TOPCAT, Alverno's e-Journal portal, or Interlibrary Loan to obtain a copy of your article.
Anybody can and anybody will post anything online. So, how do you find the good stuff? By visiting the library's Best Websites for Psychology. These quality websites have been vetted by Alverno librarians and are a great place to find free information online.
Not finding what you need? Try using these criteria (courtesy of Kent State University) to evaluate the quality of websites that you find on your own.
Another tip is to use Google's Advanced Search feature which allows you to limit a search by domain. For example, limiting a search to .gov or .edu will only retrieve websites published by government bodies or accredited post secondary educational institutions.