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Psychology: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks

This is a guide to selected sources of information in Psychology available at URI. To find additional information, conduct a Subject search in the library catalog using subject headings for specific areas in psychology, such as Developmental Psychology.

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The DSM-5 is a core tool for classification. The DSM-5 is available online and in print.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks

Encyclopedias provide an overview of knowledge on important subjects.  General unabridged dictionaries have good coverage of terms in psychology, but are not as complete as dictionaries limited to a particular subject.

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