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Psychology & Behavioral Sciences: Home

This subject research guide serves as a roadmap to the psychology resources available at the Rutgers University Libraries

Getting Started with Using the Rutgers Libraries to do Psychology Research

Welcome to the Rutgers University Libraries. Our goal is to provide the collections and services that are to be expected from a major research library, and to make sure we are serving the needs of our university community. Psychology materials, at one time, were mainly housed at the Library of Science and Medicine on the Busch Campus-with collections also housed at the Newark and Camden campuses. Now, many of our journal (and many ebook) collections are online and available remotely to all researchers at all locations.  So, please use the search box on the front of the library website (QuickSearch) to access the materials that you will need-before traveling to the library. You may use QuickSearch to find both books, journals, articles and other scholarly content. Much of what you likely need for your research will be found online, and if we don't have access to (or own) any other material you need, we also provide rapid delivery of any material (to your email in the case of articles).  Please contact Laura Mullen via the contact box at the right, if you need any assistance, or have suggestions to offer. Thank you.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty at Rutgers have a liaison librarian that is usually a subject specialist. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the libraries collections and services, I would be happy to speak with you. I build the psychology collections and provide reference services in psychology and in sciences. Please refer to the "Faculty Services" portion of our website for general information about reserves, borrowing, and other specific library services.

Please email me at anytime.

For Psychology Students

Psychology students will find that the Rutgers libraries have a great collection of books, journals, and other types of resources for use in writing papers, doing research, or finding background reading for coursework. Many of your assignments might require that you find a few peer reviewed (refereed) articles on a topic in psychology. You can start with the main search, QuickSearch, and you may want to search by topic and then look to the left of your results to limit your search to "peer/reviewed scholarly journals." QuickSearch searches across many indexes and databases that include psychology articles and books, and is a great place to start.

If you have any questions at all as you use the library, librarians are available to help you. We all enjoy working with you, and welcome emails, phone calls, chat, or visits to our reference desks. "Ask a Librarian" is our popular online help portal, and we offer both email and chat assistance. Don't wait until time is short to "ask a librarian" about any assistance that you might need. Let me know how I can help! (Laura Bowering Mullen,

Welcome to the Psychology Research Guide

Welcome to the Psychology Research Guide. This guide has been prepared for use with the Rutgers University Libraries' collections and services. Hopefully you will find that Rutgers Libraries have excellent content in your research area -as well as the services to quickly obtain any materials we do not happen to own. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you might have. I would be happy to assist you. Please start with any of the red tabs just above this message. Thank you.

Search Tip: Start your search for a few good Psychology articles right in the large search box (QuickSearch) on the library homepage.

Library News of Interest to Psychology

This section will be used to relay any important messages about new psychology resources or library issues. Please contact Laura Mullen with any questions or suggestions:

1. APA Style 7th edition paperbacks have arrived in the RU libraries!  Please see available copies at:

***Please note that temporary free online access to the Publication Manual of the APA (7th edition) that was available due to the pandemic has ended. Most library copies are unavailable for loan at present.  There is no official online version of the Publication Manual of the APA 7th edition available to universities. There is print and personal online access to the Publication Manual of the APA, 7th edition, 2020 for individual purchase. However, there is also a wealth of information online to help. For all information about APA style and current resources, please see the APA Style tab on the top of this guide ( )

2. The New Brunswick Libraries are offering a series of open workshops; all are welcome!

Fall 2020 workshop information now available at

NBL Workshop Calendar

This integrated calendar contains information on all open workshops offered by the New Brunswick Libraries. Topics include Python, R, Digital Humanities, GIS, NVivo, Amarel/HPC, and more tools to help you with your research in the Science Workshop series.

The calendar includes registration links and search and filter capabilities.  It will be continuously updated.

This page will also link to recordings of workshops as they are made available.

Additional workshops on High Performance Computing are offered by OARC.  See their calendar and resources for more information.

3. RUL has acquired the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology. You may access it by clicking on the "Encyclopedias" tab above this guide, or by searching the library catalog (QuickSearch) on the library website. Search by title: APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology

4. For information on the University's Open and Affordable Textbook program, please see:

5. The Rutgers Open Access Policy and information on making your work open access

Please visit the SOAR website for information on the policy, the Senate resolution, to deposit your work, or to request presentations, consultation, or other services. Please contact Laura Mullen with any questions, or to discuss any aspect of OA or the Policy.

From the soar website:

This Rutgers Open Access Policy ensures the widest dissemination of Rutgers scholarship via the SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers, website and suite of services. Depositing work in SOAR, which is crawled by Google, allows articles to circulate worldwide on the internet. Researchers without access to subscriptions will be able to access the results of Rutgers research. When an article is accepted for publication (post peer review, all revisions complete), Rutgers faculty, doctoral students and postdocs should upload the author version (typically a Word doc or PDF) to SOAR at SOAR staff take care of researching all permissions and handle other issues. Please send all inquiries about the OA policy, SOAR, or any open access issues to Laura Bowering Mullen at lbmullen(at) All questions welcomed!

6. Open Access/Open Data journal from APA

APA is publishing a pioneering open access, open data, open methodology journal, "Archives of Scientific Psychology."  For information, please see:

7. Open Access Textbooks: many sources under the Open Educational Resources (OER) tab above. You may want to choose open access textbooks for your course(s), and there are many options to find one at the OER tab (specific to psychology) above.
One example: Check out this open access textbook builder for psychology: Knowledge Evolved/Noba (more info under tab "Open Educational Resources (OERs)" See:

8. Newly Acquired Psychology-related Databases at RUL (please see "Databases" on the library homepage for the full alphabetical list):

Docuseek2 for some psychology video content (See the videos tab above for more)

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Sage Research Methods (new content added)

Added content to Counseling and Therapy in Video, V.1 and 2

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

Other Subject Guides Useful to Psychology

In addition to this Psychology subject guide, there are other guides that researchers might find useful. Please see the following resources authored by other Rutgers librarians:

Search Tip: Start your search for a few good Psychology articles right in the large search box (QuickSearch) on the library homepage

Behavioral Sciences Librarian; Open Access Specialist

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Laura Bowering Mullen
Rutgers Library of Science and Medicine
165 Bevier Road
Busch Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8009 (email is the best way to contact me)

For access to selected publications, please see:

Psychology Librarians by Campus

For inquiries related to behavioral sciences/psychology services or collections in New Brunswick/Piscataway,

please contact Laura Bowering Mullen at

For inquiries about behavioral sciences/psychology  services and collections in Newark Dana Library,

please contact Bonnie Fong at

For questions about behavioral sciences services and collections at our Camden Paul Robeson Library,

please contact: Samantha Kannegiser  at

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