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Psychology: Getting Started

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


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" tabs above.

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

HACC Libraries owns the DSM-V in both electronic and physical (paper) formats. Use the link below to access the electronic version.