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Interdisciplinary Literature Searching: Neuroscience and Psychology

The increasing interdisciplinarity of scientific research may require that you use unfamiliar research tools now and then. When BIOSIS, PubMed and Web Of Science don’t meet your needs, Princeton University Library has a wealth of other resources to support research that crosses disciplinary boundaries. In this post, I will give an overview of resources in neuroscience and psychology that scholars in MolBio or EEB may find useful.

PsycINFO (1800’s+) is the most comprehensive index of the scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences; but don’t overlook PsycARTICLES, which offers the full-text of 48 American Psychological Association journals from 1988 to the present; PsycBooks, which provides full-text PDF’s of scholarly titles published by APA Books; PsycEXTRA for gray literature and other information found outside traditional peer-reviewed publications; PsycCRITIQUES for book reviews; and NeuroSciNow, a robust collection of online books and journals by Humana Press. MIT CogNet is a collection of journals, books, reference works, OpenCourseWare (Free Syllabi, Lecture Notes, Podcasts, and more), and videos. If you want to keep track of neuroscience and psychology literature, Annual Review of Neuroscience and Annual Review of Psychology both provide excellent coverage.

Several major reference works in the behavioral sciences are now available online: The DSM-IV (via Psychiatry Online), Mental Measurements Yearbook (for vocational, educational, and psychological tests), The Encyclopedia of the Human Brain, The Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences, and The Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Feel free to contact me if you need assistance with sources for your interdisciplinary research, whether in these fields or others. If you have specilized questions about literature searching in the behavioral sciences, Mary Chaikin, our phenomenal Psychology Librarian, will be more than willing to assist you with your query. The Psychology Library is located in Green Hall with the Psychology Department.

Explore and Enjoy,

Steven M. Adams
Biological and Life Sciences Librarian
(609) 258-5484

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