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Welcome to the Richter Library's Guide to Psychology!

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Hello all, and welcome to the University   of Miami Libraries' Guide to Psychology! The purpose of this guide is to help you navigate through the many psychology-related resources available to you through the University of Miami Libraries system.

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Looking for Psychology Books?

Are you looking for Psychology books? The Richter library is organized in the Library of Congress Classification System, which means each subject is grouped and assigned a letter and number range.

For Psychology, look for the BF section.

  • BF 1-BF 798 Psychology

The R section also contains relevant Psychology books, pertaining to mental health.

  • RA790-790.95
  • RC321-571
  • RJ499-507
  • RZ400-408

Too general? Try doing a Subject search in IBISWEB to narrow down the results. For example, once in IBISWEB, set the drop menu to "Subject" and enter your Subject Term. If you're looking for the psychology of women, enter "Women Psychology". IBISWEB will sort and organize the results for you into topics.

For more on the Library of Congress Classification System, take a look at the Library of Congress Classification Outline.


The DSM-5 is a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association and covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. The DSM-5 has recently been released. More DSM-5 materials will be listed on this page as they become available to the library. DSM-IV titles will remain until that time.

The DSM-5 also lists known causes of these disorders, statistics in terms of gender, age at onset, and prognosis as well as some research concerning the optimal treatment approaches. The University of Miami Libraries provides multiple sources of access to this resource.

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DSM-5 Related Books

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
American Psychiatric Association Staff
RC455.2.C4 D54 2013
Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5
American Psychiatric Association Staff
RC455.2.C4 D54 2013
The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam
Abraham M. Nussbaum
RC455.2.C4 D542 2013
Recommended Psychology Books
The Oxford Companion to the Mind
Richard L. Gregory (Editor)
BF31 .O94 2004
APA Dictionary of Psychology
Gary R. Vandenbos (Editor)
BF31 .A63 2007
The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 4 Volume Set
W. Edward Craighead (Editor); Charles B. Nemeroff (Editor)
BF31 .E52 2001
The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology
Arthur S. Reber
BF31 .R43 1995
Magill's Encyclopedia of Social Science, Psychology
Nancy A. Piotrowski (Editor); Tracy Irons-Geroges (Editorial Coordinator); Christina J. Moose (Editor-In-Chief)
BF31 .M33 2003
Evidence-Based Psychotherapy
Carol D. Goodheart (Editor); Alan E. Kazdin (Editor); Robert J. Sternberg (Editor)
RC455.2.E94 E9557 2006
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DSM 5 Online

Looking for the DSM 5 online? Look no further. The DSM 5 is available through Psychiatry Online. Find it here:

Psychiatry Online

How to Use the Catalog
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Online Psychology Books
A Dictionary of Psychology
Andrew M. Colman
Evidence-Based Psychotherapy
Carol D. Goodheart (Editor); Alan E. Kazdin (Editor); Robert J. Sternberg (Editor)
RC455.2.E94 E9557 2006
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Selection of Psychology Encyclopedias
Comprehensive Clinical Psychology
Michel Hersen (Editor); Alan S. Bellack (Editor)
RC467 .C597 1998 (Richter Reference)
Written by well-known scholars and clinicians, this impressive reference covers all areas of clinical psychology. The first four volumes address large domains: volumes 1 and 2 describe the historical, theoretical, and scientific foundations and professional issues; volume 3 explores the role of research; volume 4 looks at assessment. Clinicians will find volume 4 particularly useful for its range of assessment strategies (memory, learning, behavioral, legal, forensic, etc.) and excellent scholarly reviews of the breadth and gaps in knowledge of assessment. Some chapters would be enhanced by a case study, clinical summary, or discussion of risk factors or assessment complications.
The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 4 Volume Set
W. Edward Craighead (Editor); Charles B. Nemeroff (Editor)
BF31 .E52 2001 (Richter Reference)
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
Charles Spielberger (Editor-In-Chief)
BF636 .E54 2004 (Richter Reference)
This encyclopedia is an excellent general guide to applied psychology. Its 300 articles range from "Academic Failure, Prevention of," through "Cognitive Aging" and "Personality Assessment," to "Youth, Employment of." The signed articles, arranged alphabetically, examine both the theoretical bases of their subjects and the application of theory and research to practical problems.
Encyclopedia of Health Psychology
Alan J. Christensen (Editor); René Martin (Editor); Joshua Morrison Smyth (Editor)
R726.7 .E53 2004 (Richter Reference)
The Encyclopedia of Health Psychology offers students, researchers, and practitioners a comprehensive reference for understanding the behavioral, emotional, and social influences on health. Featuring over 200 entries from more than 150 leading practitioners, researchers, and educators, it provides the extensive, accessible, and current coverage that this multidisciplinary field requires.
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Alan E. Kazdin
BF31 .E52 2000 (Richter Reference)
This is also available via PsycBOOKS!

This joint effort of the American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press has more than 1,500 alphabetically arranged, signed entries, including nearly 400 biographies. Eight years in the works, it was edited by Alan E. Kazdin (psychology, Yale) and reflects the efforts of some 1,400 contributors. A veritable who's who in psychology and its related disciplines forms the panel of editors and writers.
The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS)
Robert A. Wilson (Editor); Frank C. Keil (Editor)
BF311 .M556 1999 (Richter Reference)
The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) is a landmark, comprehensive reference work that represents the methodological and theoretical diversity of this changing field. At the core of the encyclopedia are 471 concise entries, from Acquisition and Adaptationism to Wundt and X-bar Theory.
Encyclopedia of the Human Brain
Vilanayur S. Ramachandran (Editor-In-Chief)
QP376 .E586 2002 (Richter Reference)
Covering anatomy, physiology, neuropsychology, clinical neurology, neuropharmacology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and behavioral science, this four-volume encyclopedia contains over 200 peer reviewed signed articles from experts around the world. The Encyclopedia articles range in size from 5-30 printed pages each, and contain a definition paragraph, glossary, outline, and suggested readings, in addition to the body of the article.
Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine
Marc Gellman (Editor); J. Rick Turner (Editor)
R726.5 .E495 2013
Selection of Psychology Handbooks
The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology
David M. Buss (Editor)
BF698.95 .H36 2005
The first five contributions examine the justification and methods of the field, as well as current controversial issues. Groups of papers dealing with evolutionary psychology's treatments of survival, mating, parenting and kinship, and group living follow. Next come six papers exploring the contributions evolutionary psychology can make to current psychological disciplines and two chapters on the connections between evolutionary psychology and the fields of law and literature. The work concludes with an afterword by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, whose ideas have influenced the field of evolutionary psychology.
Handbook of Psychology, 12 Volume Set
Irving Weiner (Editor-In-Chief)
BF121 .H1955 2003 (Richter Reference)
Comprehensive, twelve volume set.
Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Guillermo Bernal (Editor); Joseph E. Trimble (Editor); Ann Kathleen Burlew (Editor); Frederick T. L. Leong (Editor)
GN502 .H3635 2003 (Richter Reference)
This handbook presents a thorough, scholarly overview of the psychology of racial, ethnic, and minority issues in the United States. It covers the breadth of psychology viewed through the lens of the racial and ethnic minority experience.
The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology
Joe L. Kincheloe (Editor); Raymond A. Horn (Editor)
LB1051 .P635 2007 (Richter Reference)
Cognition, mind, counseling psychology, lesson plans, learning styles, and Vygotsky are just a few of the many subjects discussed in this exciting work. This work, a rethinking of the field of school psychology, will be an essential resource for anyone interested in teaching and learning.
The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks
Michael A. Arbib (Editor)
QP363.3 .H36 2003 (9th floor stacks)
A key feature is the introductory background article in part 1, with an overview of the whole field. Part 2 is a very helpful set of 22 "Road Maps" to enable readers to look for the articles in part 3 that are most relevant to their special interests, e.g., vision, psychology, or artificial intelligence.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Mark H. Beers (Editor); Justin L. Kaplan (Editor); Michael Berkwits (Editor); Thomas V. Jones; Robert S. Porter
RC55 .M4 2006 (Richter Reference)
The Merck Manual is organized, like most internal medicine textbooks, into organ systems, such as heart, lungs, gastrointestinal system, muscular system, etc., dealing with each major disease of that system in turn, in the standard format of diagnosis (symptoms), prognosis and treatment.
Psychology Dictionaries
A Dictionary of Psychology
Andrew M. Colman
APA Dictionary of Psychology
Gary R. Vandenbos (Editor)
BF31 .A63 2007
Online Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine
Marc Gellman (Editor); J. Rick Turner (Editor)
Core Psychology Databases
Additional Databases
Provides abstracts and listings of peer-reviewed articles, in-press publications and conferences covering international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day. It includes full-text indexing of drug, disease and medical device data and uses Embase thesauru,s Emtree, which facilitates precise searching.

ERIC (Education Resource Center) (EBSCO)
Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. It also includes records for books, conference papers, curriculum guides, policy papers and more.

Provides research on "cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI). These studies are rated for their methodological quality, evaluating various aspects of scientific rigour."

SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Indexes international literature of sports medicine, exercise physiology, sports psychology, training, nutrition, coaching, sociology of sports, and related topics. Also covers recreation, games, play, and dance.
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Locating EBP Guidelines
What is Evidence Based Practice?

What is Evidence Based Practice (EBP)? According to the American Psychological Association, EBP in Psychology is:

"Evidence-based practice is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture and preferences."

The APA's Policy Statement on Evidence Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP) further elaborates that:

"The purpose of EBPP is to promote effective psychological practice and enhance public health by applying empirically supported principles of psychological assessment, case formulation, therapeutic relationship, and intervention."

The APA's Policy Statement identifies eight "competencies that promote positive therapeutic outcomes".

  1. Conducting assessments and developing diagnostic judgments, systematic case formulations, and treatment plans.
  2. Making clinical decisions, implementing treatments, and monitoring patient progress.
  3. Possessing and using interpersonal expertise, including the formation of therapeutic alliances.
  4. Continuing to self-reflect and acquire professional skills.
  5. Evaluating and using research evidence in both basic and applied psychological science.
  6. Understanding the influence of individual, cultural, and contextual differences on treatment.
  7. Seeking available resources (e.g., consultation, adjunctive or alternative services) as needed.
  8. Having a cogent rationale for clinical strategies.
Study Designs for Psychology

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Resources for Psychologists 

Evidence Based Practice Resources
Locating Systematic Reviews
Looking for Psychology Videos?

Need some videos and documentaries on psychological topics?

From the catalog, leave the first drop menu on "Keyword". Set the second drop menu to "DVD's/Videos". Click "Search".


A list of DVD's related to Psychology will appear.

APA Psychotherapy Videos

Looking for the APA's Systems of Psychotherapy Series? Look no further!

Systems of Psychotherapy

From the APA: "The APA Psychotherapy Video Series presents distinguished psychologists demonstrating specific approaches to a wide range of patient problems. Designed for clinical training and continuing education, these videos and DVDs were created to provide psychology students and practitioners with expert introductions to various therapeutic approaches and hands-on knowledge of how to treat particular patient issues."

Locating Dissertations
Older UM Theses & Disserations

To locate University of Miami PhD Theses and Dissertations:

Go to the IBISWEB Advanced Search Page

Enter your search term(s)

Under "Material Type", select "UM Theses"

Contact the Department of Special Collections to locate masters theses.

Find Health Statistics
General Statistics
Database Resources
Looking for Psychological Tests?

Looking for Psychological Tests? The Richter Library carries some tests and measurement tools. For a particular type of test, e.g., personality test, type the words in the main search box on the Libraries' home page. On the results page, left hand side, use Refine My Results to narrow the results to improve relevancy. 

Twentieth Mental Measurments Yearbook 2017 print edition:
Call Number: LB3051 .M48  




Family Centered Assessment
Testing and Assessment Ebooks
Testing and Assessment
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A Quick Guide to Plagiarism

What is plagarism?

Ideas - and the words that express them - can belong to people. So when you use someone else's words and ideas, especially in your essays and written assignments, you have to tell people where you got your ideas and quotes from. If you don't cite your sources, it's considered a type of stealing.

Don't be an idea thief!

Use the links and videos on this page to learn what plagiarism is, and why your professors don't want you to do it.

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