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Psychology Collection

Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah
Psychology Bibliographer
O'Neill 312

Collection Overview

Development of the psychology collection follows the research and teaching needs of faculty and students in the Psychology Department, as well as the Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology and other  units of  the Lynch School of Education, and the university community as a whole in the area of psychology. The collection covers a broad range of subjects in psychology; it includes histories and introductions, and material on Freud and a wide variety of psychoanalysis topics, Jung, psychiatric studies, archetypes, psychology and religion, and alchemical studies. The collection is also strong in the post-Freudian theorists--Adler, Erikson, Fromm, Horney, Klein, Menninger, Rank, Reich, and many others. Other areas of strength are works on existential psychology, human potential psychology, behaviorism, the cognitive revolution, including the human mind, artificial intelligence and other neurophysiological approaches, Gestalt psychology, and social psychology. Further collection strengths include works on child psychology, Piaget, and object-relations theory.  The collection also has extensive titles on gender and sexuality, disorders and treatment, with great emphasis on depression, schizophrenia, abuse, autism, cognitive therapy, rational and relational therapy, gestalt, family, and child therapies. Among some of the special topics in psychology covered by the collection are sleep and dreams, creativity, art and perception, language, memory and noncognitive perspectives of the mind.

Rapid advances in computer and networking technology have resulted in the acquisition of significant electronic resources. The next area of major collection growth in electronic formats will be in electronic journals. The psychology collection program has emphasized acquisition of digitized information and texts when possible because they vastly improve a researcher's ability to identify and access research resources.  | Selected Resources ยป

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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Interest in psychology is shared with nursing, education, social work, sociology, computer science (through the Carroll  School of Management), linguistics, and biology in the following areas: psychoanalysis, counseling psychology, social psychology and the biological bases of behavior,  cognitive aspects of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, neurology, genetics, and physiology.

Formats and Types of Materials
Formats collected in psychology include print, electronic, microform, and audiovisual. Types of materials include monographs, serials, and reference works including major indexes, abstracts, catalogs, bibliographies, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, directories, technical reports, annual reports and proceedings or reports of conferences, symposia, and international congresses.

Psychology materials published in Western languages are emphasized, particularly English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Publications in major European languages are also considered. Translations of major psychological works are selectively considered.

Geographic Area Coverage
The major emphases are on Europe and North America. Significant works from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa are also collected.

Time Periods
The  primary emphasis of the collection is on twentieth century materials.

Dates of Publication
Current materials are emphasized.  Very selective retrospective purchasing may involve reprints or microform rather than the original format. A limited number of earlier titles, both book and serials are purchased as needed for replacement purposes.