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Psychology Subject Guide: Intro to Psychology

Guide to resources for PSYC 101 - Intro to Psych, PSYCH 203 - Research Methods & Analysis, PSYCH 232 - Sex Roles & Behavior, PSYC 241 - Developmental Psych, and PSYC 281 - Abnormal Psych

Background information

Sure, you could use Wikipedia, or you could use these great resources to get authoritative, trustworthy information on topics in psychology. These resources are meant to be used for background research or to help refresh you on introductory topics in psychology. They should not be used as sources for your research paper, just to help you generate ideas or help you clarify questions you may have.

Looking for topic ideas?

Looking for Current Issues and Topics in Psychology?

* For these resources, your WVU login may be needed. This is just your WVU username and password.

(1) Psychiatry News (by Psychiatry Online)*

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Psychiatry Online is a great resource created and managed by the American Psychological Association. Their news portal provides up to date news from around the psychology world as well as reviews of current issues and topics.

(2) Psychology Today

Psychology Today is a popular US magazine dedicated to making the psychology literature accessible to the public. Topics typically focus on psychology, neuroscience, relationships, sexuality, parenting, and health written by psychologists and other medical professionals.


(3) Science Daily Psychology

Science Daily is an American website that aggregates press releases and publishes lightly edited press releases about science. This a direct link to their psychology section. If you're looking to get ideas around emerging topics or the latest news in psychology, this is a good place to check.

Need background information or a refresher?

Forgetting something? Need to do some background research? Use these great resources.

(1) CREDO Reference*

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CREDO Reference provides access to a large range of psychology reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.) making it a trustworthy resource for getting background information on many areas within the discipline.

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(2) OpenStax Psychology Textbook

Psychology is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. This is an open textbook that was created by Rice University.

(3) Khan Academy Psychology Videos

Khan Academy's mission is to provide a world-class education for anyone, anywhere. This channel includes Khan Academy videos on Medicine, presented by Rishi Desai, MD. This channel has short videos (usually under ten minutes) on a wide range of topics related to psychology.