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Welcome to the Psychology LibGuide. This subject guide is designed to help you find information, books, articles, reference sources and more in the field of psychology available through Leatherby Libraries' online and print resources.

Why read psychology books?

Reading scholarly psychology books offers you several benefits in addition to reading peer-reviewed journal articles. Books often provide a more comprehensive and in-depth exploration of a topic, allowing you to gain a broader understanding of theories, historical context, and key debates within the field. They may also present a synthesis of multiple research studies, offering you a more cohesive and integrated perspective. Furthermore, books can serve as valuable reference material, presenting foundational knowledge and concepts that you can build upon as you delve into specialized journal articles and conduct your own research.

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Library of Congress Call Numbers

The Library of Congress (LC) classification system arranges materials by subjects, using a combination of letters and numbers called call numbers. For psychology, counseling, and neuroscience-related topics, the relevant call numbers can be found primarily under the following sections:

  • BF: This section covers general psychology, including topics such as perception, cognition, personality, and motivation. The call numbers in this range are BF1 to BF990.
  • QP: This section covers general physiology, and books related to neuroscience can be found within the range of QP351 to QP495. This range includes topics like neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and the nervous system, which are central to the study of neuroscience.
  • QL: This section is focused on zoology, and QL801 to QL950 covers comparative anatomy and morphology of the nervous system in animals. While this range is not directly related to human neuroscience, it might be of interest if you are exploring comparative neuroscience or the evolutionary aspects of the brain and nervous system.
  • RC: This section is focused on internal medicine and includes subcategories related to psychiatry. The call numbers for psychiatry and related subjects are found within the range of RC321 to RC576.
  • RJ: This section covers pediatrics, and within it, RJ499 to RJ507 is designated for child psychiatry and child psychological disorders.
  • LB: Although this section primarily covers theory and practice of education, it also includes some topics related to educational psychology, school counseling, and guidance. Look for call numbers in the ranges LB1050.9 to LB1091 for educational psychology and LB1027.5 to LB1027.55 for counseling and guidance in an educational context.
  • HV: This section covers social pathology, social and public welfare, and criminology. Within this range, HV40 to HV69 focuses on social work and counseling, which may include some resources relevant to counseling practice.

These are the primary call number sections for psychology, counseling, and neuroscience-related topics; however, related resources might be found in other sections as well, depending on the interdisciplinary nature of the topic. To locate specific materials, consult the library catalog or ask a librarian for assistance.