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Behavioral Sciences Research Guide

This research guide will assist you with finding scholarly resources in psychology and neuroscience.

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    WorldCat and Book Databases

    WorldCat is a massive online catalog of library holdings located in over 72,000 public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world. Materials covered in the catalog include: books, internet resources, computer data files, computer programs, films, journals, magazines, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, newspapers, slides, sound recordings, and videotapes.  Check WorldCat for holdings of materials that are not available at Princeton University Library; these items can be requested through Interlibrary Services or Borrow Direct. Items that are available here are usually marked with this icon: In your library PRINCETON UNIV, but double-check to be sure.

    PsycBOOKS includes over 52,000 chapters in PDF from over 3,500 books, published by APA and other distinguished publishers. It includes over 1,600 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s, and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

    PsycCRITIQUES is a searchable database of book reviews in psychology. The database replaces APA's respected print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, providing major enhancements, very current reviews, and much more content.

    Ebrary is an extensive collection of books (over 19,000 titles) on the following subjects: business & economics, computers, technology & engineering, humanities, life & physical sciences and social & behavioral sciences.

    General Search Tips

    Boolean Operators

    Many catalogs and databases allow the user to put a search string together using the boolean operators AND, OR, or NOT.

    • AND - combines search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms. For example, stereotyping AND prejudice finds articles that contain both terms.
    • OR - combines search terms so that each search result contains at least one of the terms. For example, stereotyping OR prejudice finds results that contain either term.
    • NOT - excludes terms so that each search result does not contain any of the terms that follow it. For example, stereotyping NOT prejudice finds results that contain the term stereotyping but not the term prejudice.


    In many catalogs and databases, truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *.  

    For example, type behav* to find the words behave, behavior, behaviour, behavioral, behaviorism, etc..

    Behavioral Sciences Librarian

    Neil Nero
    Lewis Science Library 112
    Phone: (609) 258-8601