Waggoner Library Research Guide to Psychology Resources.

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Locating Book Resources and the Online Catalog

  • Books can be located from the library Web site search by author, title, subject, and keyword.
  • Psychology books are shelved in the “BF” category and the social sciences in the "H" category, located on the second floor of the library.
  • Search Area Libraries link from the library web site allows you to search  other libraries’ holdings with one search question.  Requests for resources are made through TNU library.  There are no fees for this service.     
  • Over 85,000 eBooks are integrated into the library holdings. These are scholarly academic titles from all disciplines. Many can be downloaded to an eReader device, there is also a small collection of audio books available. Free accounts need to be created in order to download or print selected content.

Searching the online catalog, OPAC

The OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) is your guide to book, periodical and media resources in the library.

Search: On the Library homepage enter the topic you want searched in the search box. After typing in your word/phrase you need to select the tag for your topic; subject, author, title, keyword or journal title.  Simply click on the tag you want to search and then the ‘Search’ button.   

Keyword VS Subject Searching: Keywords are searched by the database simply by matching the spelling of the word/phrase-NO meaning is attached.  Searching by subject (or author and title) will attach a meaning to the spelling creating a better result list.  If you cannot find any titles after searching by subject, enter your terms in as a keyword search.  This will broaden the search.

Advanced Search: provides options to search the Reserve Room and Electronic Journal Titles as well as Basic Search options of Author, Title, and Subject.

Search Area Libraries   If you need book materials to supplement the TNU collection, click on the Search Area Libraries link on the Library web page.  This virtual online catalog provides access to several local area libraries including Trevecca, MTSU, Vanderbilt, Nashville Public Library, and TSU. Retrieved titles can be ordered online for no cost.  They will be couried to Trevecca for pickup.  There is no cost.

Searching online full text books (eBooks): Over 85,000 eBooks are integrated into the library holdings and can be searched through the OPAC

Result List: The search result list appears in the order a record was entered into the catalog.  The holdings line provides call number as well as indicates whether a book has been checked out by providing a due date.  Also included in the library holdings are e-books which are indicated by the phrase [electronic resource] in the title line.

Checking out library books:  These are checked out at the Main Desk with a maximum of fifteen books and are due back your last class meeting. Your TNU I.D. card serves as your library card. Books cannot be checked out from the Web site.

From the library home page click on the My Accountlink on the menu.
Follow instructions to view your account.
The renew link will appear on the screen.  Books cannot be renewed if they are overdue. 
Please call 615.248.1214 for assistance.

Locating Reference Books
This abbreviated list of sources is used for quick facts.  Photocopies can be made, as reference books are not available for check out.


Encyclopedia of Psychology    Ref BF 31 .E5 V. 1-8
Survey of Social Sciences-Psychology Series   Ref BF 31.S79 V. 1-6
Encyclopedia of Human Emotion    Ref BF 531 .E55 V.1-2

Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of Sociology    Ref HM 17 .E5 V. 104
Statistical Handbook on the American Family    Ref HQ 536 .S727
Survey of Social Sciences-Sociology Series    Ref HM 17 .S86

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Locating Peer Reviewed/Refereed Journal Articles

If you know the journal title:From the library homepage enter the journal title in the search box near the top.Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text or indicates bound, back issues or microfilm availability.If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint. Allow 7 days for receipt of the reprint.

If you are searching by subject: 

Click on the ‘Electronic Resources’ link, then choose either

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Psychology Related Database Descriptions


  • PsycARTICLES provides full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association (63), the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.
  • PsycINFO provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Unrivaled in its depth of psychological coverage and respected worldwide for its high quality, the database is enriched with literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work. Nearly all records contain non evaluative summaries, and all records from 1967 to the present are indexed using the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. Not full text.
  • Sage Psychology includes 53 peer-reviewed journals published by SAGE and participating societies, encompassing over 25,297 articles from January 1999 to the present.
  • Psychology Collection This collection individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops.
  • Psychology Module searches all titles related to psychology for information on human development, learning, psychiatry and more.
  • Dissertations & Theses Full Text







Assessment related
  • HaPI, Health & Psychosocial Instruments is a bibliographic database providing information about behavioral measurement instruments.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print combines both the MMY and TIP into one searchable database. MMY provides users with a comprehensive full text guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments while TIP serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language.


  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials is an online full text database of journals indexed in the ATLA Religion Indexes.  ATLASerials is an ongoing collection of religious journals.
  • In Gale Cengage collections use one of the interdisciplinary databases, such as Academic OneFile.  In a subject search, you may start out with a broad topic.  You will have categories listed from which you can narrow your search.
  • Health and Medical Complete provides coverage from leading health journals and essential medical journals in key medical specialties. From ProQuest.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center.
  • ProQuest Central type in specific topic.  You can limit your search to peer reviewed journals only that provide you with a result list of scholarly and more relevant articles.
  • PubMed Central is a digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Social Sciences Full Text provides citations and full text to journal articles in the sociology, psychology, and related fields.
  • Social Science Module from ProQuest, searches social science titles on subjects such as anthropology, culture, criminology, political science, social welfare, urban development and more.
  • WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. You can search for books, music, video, articles and much more at a library near you and around the world.

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Obtaining materials using Waggoner’s Interlibrary Loan Services 
All transactions for ILL are handled through the Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian, Karla Wardlow, and can be done by email or online. Complete an online form on the library Web site following the ILL link on the menu.  Allow 7-10 days for the requested book to arrive and 7 days for article reprints. If you are residing in the Nashville area or taking classes on campus, you will be asked to come to campus for pickup.  There is no cost for this service.

Books:  Books generally have a three to four week checkout period.  Turnaround time for book requests is about 7 working days. There are generally no fees for this service; however, late fine charges for ILL books are $.50 per day.

Journal Article Reprints: If a journal is unavailable at TNU a reprint of it can be ordered using the online form.  There is no cost and usually articles will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment.

Waggoner Library Contact Information

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