Purpose of Collection:

The Psychology collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. The collection reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Psychology department, with major areas including social, neuroscience, health, forensic, developmental, cognitive, and human-computer interaction. Psychology is also a part of the University's program in criminology and criminal justice as well as the child studies program offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Psychology Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Cognitive perception/Psychology
    • Areas of interest include learning, memory, perception, and thought, judgement and decision making and how these affect behaviour.
  • Human-computer Interaction
    • Topics of interest include how people interact with computers and how interactive technology should be designed to suit human needs, capabilities, and preferences while also taking into consideration human cognitive limitations.
  • Social/Organization Psychology
    • Areas in social psychology that reflects both basic and applied issues. Included are topics of social judgement and social influence.
  • Developmental Psychology
    • Topics of interest include how infants, children, adolescents and adults change over time, why these developments take place, the factors that influence particular developmental processes, and how and why individuals may differ from one another. Emphasis is on the important interrelationships among the physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects of human development.
  • Forensic Psychology
    • Includes such areas as the empirical and theoretical analysis of criminal behaviour, correctional psychology (including institutional and community corrections), psychology and law (including, sentencing, eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, and legislation), victim 3 services, police psychology, and the design, delivery and evaluation of prevention and treatment programs for youth and adult offenders.
  • Health Psychology
    • Topics of interest include the psychological, social and behavioral factors that influence the onset, course and treatment of disease, as well as the impact of stress and illness on the individual.
  • Neuroscience
    • epilepsy, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behaviour, learning and memory, auditory processing, auditory electrophysiology. stress and psychopathology, including depression, anxiety and PTSD, stress and immune disturbances, influence of early life experiences, social neuroscience, animal models of diseases including depression and diabetes, animal behaviour, molecular genetics, regulatory RNA
  • Research Methods
    • Including measurement and evaluation techniques, research designs, research ethics, statistical analysis and report writing.
  • History of Psychology
    • The origins and evolution of modern psychology with emphasis on the nature of psychological knowledge produced in different historical periods, different perspectives in history writing, various (e.g., structural, cultural and personal) contexts of the emergence of psychological knowledge and its impact on society.

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


Collect materials primarily from Canada and the United States as well as selectively from other countries.


English-language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Other languages collected upon faculty request.


Includes books, journals, handbooks, conference proceedings, government documents in print and online format.


Self help books and Psychology material with a clinical focus

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