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This guide outlines a few recommended resources for those that are new to the discipline.

This guide was created to support the course HW0221 – Essay Writing : Crafting an Argument.

This guide gives you a brief introduction to the wealth of R resources that will help kick-start your R learning journey for various purposes like data analysis and visualizations.

This guide was created to support the course HW0201 – Research Writing for Social Sciences.

Selected resources related to developmental psychology.

Selected resources related to primatology.

Selected resources to conservation psychology.

This guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. It provides some commonly used citation examples to help you apply in your assignments.


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Books provide detailed information and clear explanation about a particular topic. They also help the reader to understand the topic better by summarising previous knowledge about the topic. There are two ways in which you can look for relevant books:

  1. BROWSE the book collection (which is arranged in systematic classified order)
  2. SEARCH the catalogue

Browsing the collection

The Psychology book collection is located at HSS Library (Blk S4 Level B3C). Most books relating to Psychology are classified with call numbers beginning with BF. The major areas of Psychology and their range of call numbers are shown below. Note that other relevant Psychology books can be classified in other locations.


LC Classh
Behavioural Statistics BF 39
Research Methods in Psychology BF 76.5; H62; HA29
Introduction to Psychology BF 121
Psychological Testing & Assessment BF 176 – 181
Cognition and Learning BF 201; BF318
Social Cognition BF 323
Environmental Psychology BF 353-353.5
Memory BF 371 – 376
Human Motivation BF 503
Feelings and Emotion BF 531 – 538
Applied Psychology (e.g. Counselling) BF 637
Identity and Personality Traits BF 697 – 698
Evolutionary Psychology BF 698
Developmental Psychology BF 713
Child Development BF 721
Conservation Psychology BF 723.C68
Adolescence and Adulthood BF 724
Industrial & Organisational Psychology HF 5548
Social Psychology HM 251; HM 1033
Primatology QL 737.P9 – 968
Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience QP 360
Health Psychology R 726.5 – 726.7
Psychopathology RC 454

LC Classification for Psychology

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Searching for books

You can search the Library Catalogue to generate a list of books on a specific subject in Psychology. Just input the appropriate subject headings in the subject field. Refer to theseCatalogue Tips to help you improve your search results.

A list of books on specific psychology topics has been compiled below:

  1. Applied Psychology
  2. Child Development
  3. Developmental Psychology
  4. Evolutionary Psychology
  5. Neuropsychology
  6. Social Psychology

The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us.

Staff and students can recommend book titles to the library for acquisition.

  1. Staff can recommend through Stafflink as follows: Resource Request — Library Services — Book Recommendation
  2. Students can send an e-mail to with the following details:
    • Title
    • Author/Editor
    • Place of publication
    • Publisher or producer
    • Date of publication
    • ISBN
    • Edition
    • Price

For more details, please refer to New Title Recommendation.


E-books or electronic books are the digital version of print books, designed to be read on a personal computer with internet connection or on an e-book reader.

Browsing by eBook Providers

Listed below are the major providers of e-books in the field of Psychology that are organized alphabetically. Click on the titles to access. Take note that you may be asked to login with your NTU network username and password.

  1. Knovel Please use appropriate Psychology keywords to search for the titles.
  2. MIT CogNet The MIT CogNet is a collection of online publications on the subject area of Cognitive Science, covering the topics of Computational Intelligence; Neuroscience; Psychology, Cognitive Science; Philosophy; Psychology etc. The content and resources are provided by The MIT Press and other publishers, professional associations, institutions, and individuals who are willing to share public access to online work.
  3. NeuroScienceNetBase This site provides access to over 60 neuroscience references from CRC Press, including references and classic works.
  4. SpringerLink Online
    This site provides access to e-books in the subject areas of “Behavioral Science”, “Child and School Psychology”, “Clinical Psychology”, “General Psychology”, “Health Psychology”, “Personality” and “Social Psychology”.
  5. Wiley Online Library This site provides access to e-books in the subject areas including “Applied Psychology”, “Clinical Psychology”, “Developmental Psychology”, “Educational and School Psychology” and “Social Psychology”.

Searching for E-books

You can also search for and access individual e-books titles using the Library Catalogue. Do refer to this step-by-step instruction guide for finding e-books.

List of E-Books for Psychology

You can take a quick look at the list below before exploring further via the e-book pubishers’ platforms or the Library Catalogue. Some e-books for Psychology are listed below. Please note that this list is not comprehensive.

  1. A Guide to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Awareness, Courage, Love, and Behaviorism
  2. A history of Modern Experimental Psychology : from James and Wundt to Cognitive Science
  3. Child Neuropsychology: Assessment and Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  4. Emotion and the Law: Psychological Perspectives
  5. Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian perspectives on Human Nature
  6. Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience
  7. Evolutionary Psychology as maladapted Psychology
  8. Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building
  9. Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology
  10. Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology: Gender Research in Social and Applied Psychology
  11. Handbook of Social Psychology
  12. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating ADHD at School
  13. Neurovascular Neuropsychology
  14. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  15. Patient-based approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience
  16. Peace Psychology in Asia
  17. Psychological Approaches to Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide to Assessment and Treatment
  18. Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality
  19. The Mystery of Personality: A History of Psychodynamic Theories
  20. Understanding and Preventing Violence: the Psychology of Human Destructiveness
  21. Where Biology meets Psychology: Philosophical Essays

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Reference Works

Reference books are special types of books to refer to when one needs quick and basic information. They are usually not read from cover to cover. Examples includes dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, yearbooks, abstracts, almanacs, biographies and etc.

Reference titles for Psychology can be found using ‘Advanced Search’ in the Library Catalogue and specifying the type as ‘Reference’.

I have picked some reference titles on Psychology which are listed below. Click on the hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library. Electronic resources are denoted [e-resources] and direct access will be provided if available.


  1. A dictionary of psychology [e-resources]
  2. APA College Dictionary of Psychology
    Call No. BF31.A639A
  3. APA Dictionary of Psychology
    Call No. BF31.A639
  4. Dictionary of Biological Psychology
    Call No. QP360.D554
  5. Dictionary of Multicultural Psychology: Issues, Terms, and Concepts
    Call No. GN502.H177
  6. Dictionary of Forensic Psychology
    Call No.RA1148.D554
  7. The Cambridge Dictionary of Psychology
    Call No. BF31.C178


  1. Concise Encyclopedia of Pain Psychology
    Call No. RB127.F486
  2. Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
    Call No. BF636.E56
  3. Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media
    Call No. HQ784.M3E56
  4. Encyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology
    Call No. RJ503.3.E56
  5. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science
    Call No. BF311.E56
  6. Encyclopedia of Health Psychology
    Call No. R726.7.E56
  7. Encyclopedia of Human Development
    Call No. HM626.E56
  8. Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Call No. HF5548.8.E56
  9. Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
    Call No. GN502.E56
  10. Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law
    Call No. K346.E56
  11. Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
    Call No. HM1007.E56
  12. The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
    Call No. BF31.C826C 2010
  13. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology
    Call No. BF204.6.E56
  14. The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology
    Call No. BF31.D483


  1. Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook
    Call No. BF311.E98C 2010
  2. Cultural Issues in Psychology: A Student’s Handbook
    Call No. GN502.S847
  3. Handbook of Cultural Developmental Science
    Call No. GN502.H236H
  4. Handbook of Education, Training, and Supervision of School Psychologists in School and Community
    Call No. LB3013.6.H236
  5. Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology: Volume 1: Gender Research in General and Experimental Psychology [e-resources]
  6. Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology: Volume 2: Gender Research in Social and Applied Psychology [e-resources]
  7. Handbook of Pediatric Psychology
    Call No. RJ47.5.H236
  8. Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology
    Call No. R726.7.H236 2010
  9. Handbook of Social Psychology
    Call No. HM1011.H236
  10. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology
    Call No. BF698.C178
  11. The SAGE Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology
    Call No. BF39.S129
  12. The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology
    Call No. RC488.5.W676

Find journal articles, conference papers, reviews, news articles and much more from the databases subscribed by the library.

Core Databases

    PsycARTICLES provides full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in Psychology. It contains more than 40,000 articles from 56 journals, out of which 45 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations.
    View its Database information page.
  2. PsycCritiques
    PsycCRITIQUEST is a database containing book reviews in psychology since its launch in September 2004. This database acts as a replacement for the print version of the Contemporary Psychology Journal with the release of the APA Review of Books. In its weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES delivers approximately 20 reviews of psychological books, mostly from the current copyright year.
    View its Database information page.
  3. PsycINFO
    PsycINFO contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports. It also includes citations and dissertations, relating to the broad field of Psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as Medicine, Psychiatry, Nursing, Sociology, Education, Pharmacology, Physiology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Business and Law.
    View its Database information page.
  4. Science Direct
    Science Direct is a full-text scientific database offering journals, book series, books and reference works in Psychology, Neuroscience and other physical sciences. It has more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. It is updated daily. View itsDatabase information page.

Related Databases

  1. ERIC – Education Resources Information Centre
    ERIC is the national education information system that provides America’s schools, communities, scholars, and the public with ready access to the most current educational information, including critical research results, evaluation studies, policy papers, exemplary curricular and instructional materials, educational databases, and statistical information.
  2. PubMed
    PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science and psychology journals. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources on Psychology.
  3. Scopus
    Scopus is a multi-disciplinary database that brings you the broadest available coverage of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature from over 4,000 international publishers .Users can set up search & citation alerts for their research purposes by creating a personal profile and log in.
    View its Database information page.
  4. Sociological Abstracts
    CSA Sociological Abstracts indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
  5. Web of Science
    This site contains abstracts and citations drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to cited references of articles, conference proceedings and literature. View its Database information page.

News databases

  1. Factiva
    Factiva provides both news and business information. It covers 10,000 sources from more than 159 countries in 22 languages and offers more than 400 continuously updated newswires, including the exclusive combination of “Dow Jones”, “Reuters”, and “The Associated Press”. Factiva offers more than 640 wires, including “Asia Pulse”, “Dow Jones-VWD”, “Agence France Presse”, “Agencia EFE” and other industry, press release and local newswires. It also has the same-day and archival coverage of “The Wall Street Journal”, “The New York Times”, “Financial Times”, “South China Morning Post”, “Sydney Morning Herald”, “Straits Times”, and local newspapers from every corner of the globe.
    View its Database information page.
  2. StraitsTimes Online
    The Straits Times is one of the region’s oldest English-language daily newspapers. It is also the flagship publication of the publicly-listed Singapore Press Holdings group. First published on 15 July 1845, The Straits Times is the most widely read newspaper in Singapore. The Straits Times strives to be an authoritative provider of news and views, with special focus on Singapore and the Asian region.

Journals are an important means for communicating new research in Psychology. However, journal articles tend to be more technical in nature and may not be suited for freshmen, due to their comparative difficulty. However, it will often prove useful to browse journals for useful articles to support higher level term papers.

Journal Ranking

Psychology is a very wide discipline and it can be difficult to decide which journal to refer to. This is a list of the top 50 most important Psychology journals ranked by the Journal Citation Report (JCR) based on their impact factor.

Searching for journals

There are a few methods to locate journal articles at the library:

If you have a specific journal in mind, always try to find the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are four ways to search the A-to-Z list:

      1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers)
      2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. It is generally suggested to search by the Title Name.
      3. Browse by subjects
      4. Browse a list of free e-journals

The search result will present the databases that the journal can be found in and the period covered. Select and click on the database title to proceed. The image below shows a search result for the “Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology”. Please take note of the different coverage offered by different providers: “Taylor & Francis” allows access to issues from 1997 to present year.


Important Note: An embargo of one year means that the last one year of journal articles will not be available for viewing. Therefore, at July 2010 you will only be able to access articles up to July 2009.

  • Print Journals

We also have some of the journals in print format. Currently, they are located at the HSS Library, on the right of the HSS Library entrance. The NTU Library still retains print copies for the most important Psychology Journals. Therefore, it is still important to know where to locate them.

If you have a specific title in mind, find the call number and location via the Library Catalogue. Search using the journal title and select search by ‘Journal Title’ from the drop down menu.

Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable from the library catalogue. You can only search for the Journal titles. If you want to search via the article title, you may search using Google Scholar and apply the full Text@NTU tool. You will be able to access the full text of this article if the library has a subscription.

Selected list of Journal for Psychology Courses

View the list below regarding a selected list of journals for the different Psychology Courses.

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Audio-Visuals provide an alternative and fun way of understanding a subject. Most of the Audio Visual collection is located in the Business Library at Level B2. Staff and Masters/PhD students can borrow the titles home while undergraduate students can approach the service desk to borrow a title and view it in within the library. A list of selected AV titles for Psychology is listed below. Click on hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library.

Selected AV Titles

  1. Becoming human
    Call No. GN281.B398
  2. Cognitive dissonance
    Call Number: F577515
  3. Coming home: invisible casualties
    Call Number: DS79.76.C733
  4. Exposed: observing human behavior
    Call Number: BF199.E96
  5. Fitting in or standing out? Conformity in childhood
    Call Number: HQ769.F547
  6. Gender & conflict management
    Call number: G578316
  7. Neuroscience and the brain: implications for counseling and therapy
    Call Number: QP360.N494
  8. Positive psychology and psychotherapy
    Call Number: BF204.6.P855P
  9. Power struggles: parents vs. children
    Call Number: HQ769.P887
  10. Psychology of religion
    Call Number: BF51.P974
  11. Right and wrong: Moral development in children
    Call Number: HQ769.R571
  12. Secrets of the mind
    Call Number: RC351.S446
  13. Stress: portrait of a killer
    Call Number: RC455.4.S87S915
  14. The five secrets you must discover before you die
    Call Number: BF637.S4F565 DISCS 1-3
  15. The history of psychology. Volume I, Mind, self & soul
    Call Number: BF81.H673H VOL.1
  16. The history of psychology. Volume II, Fred, Jung & psychoanalysis
    Call Number: BF81.H673H VOL.2
  17. The psychology of power
    Call number: BF637.L4P974P
  18. Will to win: helping children succeed
    Call Number: HQ769.W689

Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the library catalogue.

Web Resources

Content at a Glance



  1. PsychCentral
    Psych Central is said to be the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable and trusted information, with over 160 support groups to help consumers.
  2. Psychology Today
    Psychology Today covers all aspects of human behaviour and mental health, from the workings of the mind to the bonds between people and the larger cultural forces that drive our most intimate decisions. Leading academics, clinicians and authors in Psychology are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas in the form of blogs that accumulates into a knowledge bank.
  3. Psychology Virtual Library
    This site provides an index of psychology topics categorised into books, directories, journals, professional societies and more. The Virtual Library not only keeps track of online information, but also inspects and evaluates sites regarding their adequacy as credible sources of information before they are linked.
  4. ScienceDaily
    ScienceDaily provides breaking news about the latest scientific discoveries including the top Psychology news stories from the world’s leading universities and research organisations.


  1. Association for Psychological Science
    The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.
  2. American Psychological Association
    The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents Psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of Psychologists worldwide.
  3. Singapore Institute of Mental Health – Research Division
    The Research Division of the Institute of Mental Health has been established to create a thriving research culture that brings scientifically and clinically relevant research that meets high scientific and ethical standards across all disciplines together.


  1. How to use PsycINFOThis training video shows the PsycINFO database on the EBSCOhost platform. It demonstrates how to use the online Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms to build a search.


  • This site provides a series of lectures on Psychology by UC Berkeley.
  • Introduction to Psychology by Prof. Paul Bloom, Yale UniversityProfessor Paul Bloom presents the course as a comprehensive introduction to the study of the human mind. Course readings and requirements are also discussed. The five main branches of Psychology are presented: Neuroscience, which is a study of the mind by looking at the brain; Developmental, which focuses on how people grow and learn; Cognitive, which refers to the computational approach to studying the mind; Social, which studies how people interact; and Clinical, which examines mental health and mental illnesses.


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Reserves or commonly referred to as red-spot books or RBR (recommended book room) titles usually added to the list of core reading recommended by your course lecturers.

Browsing the Reserves Collection

Reserve titles for Psychology are located at the Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Reserves book room. Reserve titles can only be borrowed for two hours. Borrow them using your student card at the Service Desk. Do return them on time as overdue fines are set at S$0.50 per hour.

Searching for Reserves

You can retrieve Reserves titles via their Course Codes from the Library Catalogue.


  1. Go to the Library Catalogue and click on the ‘Reserves’ tab on the top right-hand side
  2. Key in the Course Code
  3. Click Lookup Items on Reserve by Course Number
Student Works

The Final Year Project Reports and Industrial Attachment Reports in Psychology (except the confidential reports) can be accessed through the Digital Repository, DR-NTU (Restricted Access). Log in using NTU network user name and password to view the full text.

View the Collection Page of the HSS Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI). Enter your search terms and click Go. Or browse by ‘author’, ‘title’, ‘subject’ and ‘date’.


Staff Publications

The Library collects, indexes and preserves full text articles published by our staff in the Digital Repository, DR-NTU. The main objective is to promote the scholarly output of the University to the global research community. The papers deposited in this repository are also indexed by Google and therefore searchable by the public.

HSS Staff Papers

We encourage research staff to deposit their research papers with us in the Digital Repository, DR-NTU (Open Access). Many publishers now allow the self-archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo lets you know whether the journals or publishers that you are working with will allow self-archiving.

Browse through the current submissions to the DR-NTU from HSS. If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the HSS collection, please see the instructions about Submissions to Digital Repository,DR-NTU or drop me an email.

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