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Psychology Resources: Books and E-Books

Guide to print and online psychology resources at Lightner Library


Ebsco E-books is a large collection of electronic books covering a broad range of academic subjects that are available 24/7. You can read them on your computer or print out small portions of the book. You can also search within each by chapter, index, or keyword.

To access EBSCO E-Books click on the link below and then select Ebsco Ebooks.

Downloading Ebsco E-Books

Some books in the Ebsco Ebook subscription collection are available for download. If download is available, you will see a "download (offline)" link icon. If download is not available for the title, the download link will not appear.

You must log in (sign in) with the Ebsco user account in order to download a book. You can create a new user account by clicking on the "sign in" link, then the "create new account" link.

In order to download eBooks, Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher must be installed on your computer. This is a free download available at

Once a book is downloaded, it is checked out for two weeks and not available to other users until it is returned. It will appear on your Adobe Digital Editions bookshelf.



Search the library's online catalog, Polaris, to find books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and other materials in Lightner Library about Psychology.  When searching the catalog, a basic search will let you search by keyword, author, title, or subject.  An advanced search will allow you to search by a combination of these fields. 

Is it better to use a keyword search or a subject search? Both work, but it is usually easier to start with a keyword search. Once you find an item in the catalog, you can check the full record to see what subject terms are used. These terms are linked in the record, and all you have to do is click on the link to find other items on the same topic.

Keyword Search

  • Use natural language. Type in a word or phrase that describes your topic. For example: "adolescent psychology."

Subject Search

  • Requires Library of Congress Subject Headings that must be typed in the exact order used by the Library of Congress. For example: Psychology - Research

Do you like to browse:

If you would like to browse the shelves to see what kinds of books the library has, try browsing the following call numbers in both the circulating and the reference collections:

  • BF 1 - BF 839 (Psychology)
  • RA 790 (Mental Health)
  • RC 435 (Psychiatry)
  • RJ 499 - 506 (Mental Disorders, Child Psychiatry)
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Reference Librarian

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