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Psychology Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information:

The Psychology Department maintains a World Wide Web home page with current information about its program, faculty and course offerings. Specialized areas of research correspond to departmental programs in biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, and social psychology.

General Collection Development Objectives:

Library support for Undergraduate Programs: Consistent with Liaison Responsibilities, the Library Liaison works to support the psychology department's primary goal for undergraduate students. This goal is to provide instruction and training that emphasizes the fundamentals of psychology as the science of behavior (including basic psychological processes and problems of living). This library collaboration also works to support the following additional department objectives:

  • to provide students with opportunities to obtain a broad liberal arts education.
  • to design courses of study which prepare them for a wide range of careers.
  • to prepare students for advanced training in Psychology should they choose to pursue it.

Additional background is found in comments and information provided for students by the undergraduate coordinator for psychology at Kent State.

Library Support for Graduate Programs: The primary emphasis is to support department Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychology. Specializations within Experimental Psychology include programs in Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Health Psychology, and Social Psychology.

Library Support for Faculty Research: The library also works to support research areas of faculty in the psychology department.

Scope of Coverage

Initial study level and advanced instructional level materials are collected to support undergraduate instruction as described above.

The following subject areas are collected at the research level:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology (Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Health Psychology, Social Psychology).
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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas

  • Language: Emphasis is on English
  • Geography: No restrictions
  • Chronology: Emphasis is on current materials

Material Types:
Recent Acquisitions!

  • Monographs
  • Periodicals
  • Serials
  • Abstracts and Indexes
  • Government Documents
  • Conference Proceedings and Symposia
  • Electronic Formats



Active list of KSU Psychology Department subscriptions.

Periodical holdings are not classified, but are arranged alphabetically in the Periodicals Department, Main Library, Regional Campus Libraries, and in storage. Additional avenues for access include Electronic Resources, Document Delivery Sources, OhioLINK Resources and Interlibrary Loan.


Special Centers and Activities:

The Applied Psychology Center (APC) is a specialized organization within the Department of Psychology at Kent State University. The APC is a non-profit organization founded through a grant from the Ohio Board of Regents. The purpose of the APC is to foster and conduct applied research addressing social problems and issues facing society.

The Psychological Clinic supports the Psychology Department's goals of graduate training, provision of service and contribution of new knowledge through applied research. The Clinic serves as the initial training site for the development of clinical skills among graduate students in clinical psychology. The Clinic also supports applied research by providing a subject population and facilities for research purposes.

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress: Kent State University and Summa Health System of Akron have teamed to form the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress. It is located at Summa's St. Thomas Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and is the only major treatment, education and research center dedicated to traumatic stress in the region.


Online Services and Electronic Resources:

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