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Library Tutorials for Psychology

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 2: When you don't know what you're looking for

When you DON'T know the title you're looking for

You can use the library catalog to search for books by keyword, subject, or author. 

Search screen with Kelly, George entered

If you find a book, write down the call number, check the location (Circulating Collection is most common - these are the books on the second floor), and check the status (Not Charged means not checked out).

Emphasis on call number, location, and status

- If the TLU Library doesn't have a relevant book, you can request a book using Interlibrary Loan. Sometimes you can read excerpts on Google Books, although you can't download from there. 


To find articles, search PsycINFO 

 - Go to PsycINFO

- Search by keyword, author, or another field

Keyword search


Use the filters and limiters in PsycINFO to limit by year, methodology, and more.



Subject headings in PsycINFO

Subject headings are your friend! They standardize all possible terms for a topic. The PsycINFO database tags articles with these subject headings, even if these words aren't the ones the author used.

To find the subject heading associated with your topic, look in the blue top toolbar of PsycINFO for the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

Some subject headings are:


Socioeconomic Status

Race and Ethnic Discrimination

Racial and Ethnic Groups

Racial Bias




Racial Privilege


Heath Care Delivery

Rural Environments

Health Disparities


If the TLU Library doesn't have the book/article you need

If the TLU Library doesn't have the book/article you need, submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

  • Interlibrary Loan is free!
  • Articles usually arrive within a few days, and books within a week. 
  • If you have any questions about the Interlibrary Loan form, just fill it out as best you can - we will email you back if we have questions about your request. 
  • More information about Interlibrary Loan