Kingwood College Library

Theories in Psychology and You

Assignment Guide | Psychology 2301| Dr. Raquel Henry, Professor

The best library assignments use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use all of these sources for your paper. Reference books and journal articles should provide the best information for these topics. Any library will have a good Encyclopedia of Psychology, which contains essay on your topics. Apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.

Please contact or Dr. Henry (Use your WebCT email to write her.)with any questions you may have.


Paper Assignment (From Dr. Henry)

The assignment must be at least 5 pages in length, double-spaced with at least 5 sources of information. The paper should be sent to your professor via email. No papers will be accepted after the posted date.

TOPIC: You are to describe yourself from the perspective of one of the following theories: psychoanalytic, humanistic, or social cognitive. You may describe many different aspects of yourself. For example, you relationships, how you function in groups (in your family, at work, with peers) your sexuality, your development, etc.


Librarian talk about Getting Started! 

Begin by doing a little background reading in a reference book or your textbook . The more you know about the theory you select, the better you will be able to add examples that describe you. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, netlibrary, electronic databases, and on the internet.

Sample Keywords:
Humanistic psychotherapy; Social-cognitive; Psychoanalytic theory; Psychology - theory; Learning theories.


Librarian Talk about Books! 

You will find the best information on this topic in books and journal articles. Get a library card (online).... make a trip to your library! Use the databases and books that are available online. Call us if you need help.

  • Apply online for a library card.   You will need a library card to 1) Place a Hold on a book and have it sent to the library closest to you  2) Access journal and newspaper databases from home.
  • The catalog is online at
  • | All NHMCCD and Montgomery County Public libraries.

  • Full-text Online books (Netlibrary library of online books) are available at (For best results, use psychology theory as your keywords. There are several excellent online books on these topics.
    1. Create an account - At, from a campus computer, select the Create an Account link. Enter your identifying information (user name, password, email address) and select Submit. Then you are ready to search the eBook collection and check out books for 24 hours from any computer outside the library.
    2. If you can't come to the library- Call 281-312-1693 and the librarian to create an account FOR YOU.


Suggested Materials from Your Library



Librarian Talk about Finding Journal Articles!  

Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. To find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more. If you want an article that is not full-text, please give the correct bibliographic information to our and they will see that you get the article. The libraries need full bibliographic information - plus your name and address. Send your phone number and email as well, so you can be contacted. There is some overlap of articles in the following databases. However, we encourage do you to use more than one. All are excellent sources for this topic.

Use your library card to login to these online journal databases.


Academic Search Premier | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.

Proquest | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly

Health Source: Nursing Academic - Full-text articles, books, pamphlets, and reports covering health - and psychology.

Psychology Electronic Journals and Periodicals | Huge collection of online Psychology journals - maintained by Hanover College.



Librarian Talk about the Internet! 

The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggest below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at: 

  1. Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof that it has been.
  2. Source - Who wrote the information? Look at the domain. - .edu .gov. org .net are valid research sources.
  3. Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  4. Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  5. Objectivity - If a work is bias, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.

Unacceptable Source: EXAMPLE of what NOT to use - This appears to be part of a book (not psychology, but a good example, nevertheless.) The information is probably excellent. But, there is nothing we can see that tells you the title, author, dates, publisher or any of the other needed information.  As it stands, it can not be used in an academic research paper.


  Suggested Web Sites

STUDENTS: Please be aware that there is much garbage on the web. The sites we have selected seem to be reputable. The nature of your assignment lends itself more to the reference book and journals.

Social Cognition Paper Archive and Information Center Several types of information are available, including preprints or abstracts of papers or presentations and links to information about active researchers in the area. Maintained by Purdue University.
FAQs about Psychoanalytic Theory Henry W. Beck, Ph.D. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist offers his answers to questions about this theory. Excellent examples for comparison. Since we don't know Dr. Beck and he is on a .com page, the information here should not be your only resource.
Humanistic Psychology The Association for Humanistic Psychology gives a little history on this theory.
Social Cognitive Theory Written by a doctoral student, but with LOT of bibliography - good history and info.
Psychological Self-Help An online book - look at Chapter 4 - Behavior, Motivation, Self-Control. Theories are discussed here. Prefer your own text or Ency of Psych mentioned above.


Citing Sources APAStyle Guide | Kingwood College library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Misuse of Sources | Harvard University excellent brief essay on how to avoid plagiarism. Excellent list of 'how to' and 'how to avoid'.

Online Tutoring | Kingwood College faculty offer free tutoring via email.  They will email or call with answers to your questions.

Academic Support Center   |   Check our ASC hours for in-house tutoring. Tutors at any of our colleges will be happy to help with your research assignment or with problems you may be having in class.

Attach your paper to and email to , Assistant Dean. Dr. Terry or one of the writing tutors will read through your paper and make brief comments on your paper and return it to you. 

REMEMBER, the expert on this paper is your Dr. Henry. Write her using your WebCT email.

Talk to a reference librarian during the hours the library is open Monday through Saturday.  If live chat is closed, it will allow you to email and the librarians will get back to you ASAP.

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