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PSY 1000 General Psychology: Getting Started

Library and other resources selected for students in the PSY-1000 General Psychology class

Use this guide to find resources to help you with your PSY-1000 class


National organization and website identifies a number of Psychology topics as well as information on researching topics.

List of State organization

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, offers basic information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research.

MHA is the nation' leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental isllness and to promoting the overall mental health of all.

International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems 10th Revision. Section V covers mental and behavioral disorders. Searchable.

Popular magazine ( not scholarly) covering psychology in a practical way for the general public.

Health information for the public on the internet. Reference material about health subjects available.

Research Roadmap - How to Find the Right Source of Information for What You Are Researching

Klinck Memorial Library’s Databases


  • Library databases contain scholarly and peer-reviewed articles written by credible authors, such as journalists, researchers and experts in their field. Since databases provide powerful search tools for narrowing results, users are able to more quickly find the information they need. The databases also provide easy interlibrary loan request options for materials that are not full text. We have several library databases that support multiple courses and assignments at Concordia.
    • For a comprehensive list of Concordia University Chicago databases, click here.
    • To access all Concordia University Chicago owned peer-reviewed journals and articles in one location, click here.
    • For access to Concordia University Chicago’s catalog, click here.

Google Scholar


  • Many citations on Google Scholar lead to subscription items with paywalls, but searches also return copies that are freely available. If you have a university affiliation, it is best to conduct your search using your library access, which will allow you to view any items for which the university’s library has subscriptions. Before going to Google Scholar, connect your Concordia Gmail account through the CUC library so to see what is available in the library and may have missed when you searched the library’s databases.

Reference Lists


  • Reference lists in articles that you identify as the “perfect study” will help guide you to other similar resources. The author(s) of that article have pulled similar materials, so look at the reference list and find out if the referenced studies also support your research topic.



  • PubMed contains citations and abstracts that cover a broad range of topics, including biomedicine and bioengineering, health, behavior, chemicals, and life sciences. It also contains useful linked resources, all of which are open to the public at no charge.
    • To look at the free, full text collection available on PubMed, click here.

Federally-Funded Databases


  • Federally-funded research databases allow members of the public to find freely accessible information. Government databases collects information for various reasons, including climate monitoring, securities law compliance, geological surveys, patent applications and grants, surveillance, national security, border control, law enforcement, public health, voter registration, vehicle registration, social security, and statistics. 
    • To look at an A to Z list of U.S. Government Publications, Databases, and Websites, click here.
    • To view U.S. Government Document Portals and Resources, click here.

Library of Congress Subject Guides


Professional Organization Websites


  • Accessing professional organizations is critical in keeping abreast of the latest knowledge and practices locally, regionally, and globally in that particular field of study. It helps professionals to stay abreast of current issues and opportunities and will also assist in professional advancement for involved members.


Psychology Databases

Reference and Instruction Librarian

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