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The resources on this "Getting Started" page are great for finding definitions and overviews of psychological topics. They are great starting points! Then dig a little deeper by looking for books and journal articles using the "Books & Media" and "Journals" links to the left

Why use these "reference" or "background" resources?

  • They provide overviews of topics so you can familiarize yourself before attempting more in-depth research.
  • They provide definitions and quick facts related to a topic.
  • They identify keywords that you can use as possible search terms in the HACC Catalog and databases.
  • They recommend additional reputable resources that are related to your topic.

Background Information

Overviews of Mental Disorders: the DSM-V

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Sigmund Freud

Drawing of Sigmund Freud

Credit: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. Sigmund Freud. Retrieved from