PSYC 2301: Theories in Psychology and You - LSC-Kingwood

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.

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, dvds 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 Lone Star College-Kingwood Librarians or Dr. Henry (Use your LSC-Online 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!

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet.

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

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Librarian Talk . . .About Books!

Apply online for a library card. Use the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to:
1) Place a Hold on a book and have it sent to the library closest to you
2) Access journal and reference databases from home, and
3) Access e-Books from NetLibrary.

  • The catalog is online.
  • Online or e-Books are available at  NetLibrary.  Use your library card to log in.
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Suggested Materials from Your Library

  • REF BF 31 .E52 2000.  The Encyclopedia of Psychology - One of the best sources for background information. Any Ency of Psych will have a good essay about each of these theories. Remember to use the bibliography at the end of the entry to find other excellent information in books and journals.
  • REF BF 531 .H316 1996.  Handbook of Emotion, Adult Development and Aging. | Excellent source for human development.
  • Existential-Humanistic Therapy. (Videorecording) [Series: Psychotherapy with the Experts.] 1998.| One of several videorecordings available on these topics. Check the library catalog

Librarian Talk . . . About Finding Journal and Newspaper 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, use your updated library card to login to the following databases. If you find an interesting article that is not full-text, please give the correct bibliographic information to our Reference Librarians and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if they need to. There is some overlap of articles in the following databases. However, we encourage you to use more than one. All are excellent sources for this topic. 

HINT: For a full list of article databases, go to and use your library card for login.
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Academic Search Complete | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.

ProQuest Research Library | 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 suggested 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 biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.
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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.

Humanistic Psychology The Association for Humanistic Psychology gives a little history on this theory.

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.

Librarian Talk about getting help!

Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor; use the eCollege VISTA in-class email to contact her.

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Citing Sources Using APA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Misuse of Sources | Extract from WRITING WITH SOURCES: A Guide for Harvard Students, by Gordon Harvey, Expository Writing Program, Copyright 1995, The President and Fellows of Harvard University Chapter Three: Misuse of Sources: 3.1 Plagiarism and 3.2 Other Ways of Misusing Sources.

Learning Center   |   Check our 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 Dr. Janis Terry, 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 LSC-Online email.

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