Searchlight on Autism

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For Brandman students who study in the field of psychology or education, autism might be a research topic of interest to you. Here is a searchlight focused on how to search for information about autism.

  1. Start on the library homepage. Type autism into the Discover! search box and click on “Search.”
  2. The first result you receive should be a Research Starter on Autism, which provides background information on the disorder as well as a brief overview of its treatment and therapy. Additionally, the Bibliography and Related Information offer a wealth of resources.Autism
  3. Aside from the Research Starter, you will see many books and e-books that the library owns on the topic of autism.
  4. To refine your search results, select the Advanced Search link below the search box and consider the following options:
    • Add the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals limiter
    • Change the dropdown limiter from Select a Field to SU Subject Terms
    • Change the date range
    • Add additional terms

As always, Ask a Librarian if you need further assistance.


Spotlight on Psychology

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Whether you are new to the psychology program or already entrenched, here are some highlights of resources to help put your research on the right track:

  • Psychology Research Guide: the go-to subject guide for the library’s print and online resources for organizational leadership
  • Video Tutorials Repository: a collection of the library’s video tutorials on conducting research, locating library resources, and learning about library services
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video database: a database collection of videos covering counseling session, lectures, interviews, and more (note: Brandman login required)
  • Dissertations: directions for accessing the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database to find published dissertations on your research topic
  • APA Style Guide to Electronic References: the official guidelines for citing electronic resources in APA style (note: Click on the “View or Print” link to access. You will need to enter your first and last name as well as your Brandman ID# for access.)

As always, Ask a Librarian if you need further assistance.

Psychology Research Tips


Welcome to your one-stop guide for Psychology – the Research Subject Guide for Psychology!

Looking for information on PTSD? Check out the PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) database. Only want peer-reviewed, full-text psychology articles? Start your search using the PsycArticles database. Want to watch video of actual counseling sessions? Check out Counseling and Therapy in Video.

The Psychology Research Guide offers much more, so why not make it your first stop for psychology resources? Save the Guide to your favorites to save time, and remember, if you need any assistance with the Guide or your search, Ask a Librarian! We’re here to help.