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Professor Susan Bradley


Use Background Information Sources to Get Started

This guide will provide you information to familiarize you with the resources of the Boston College Libraries.

Background Information Sources

  • Search Holmes using the keywords:

Psychology AND Encyclopedia

Paychology AND Dictionary

Psychology AND Handbook*

Here are two links to Encyclopedias and Dictionaries:



  • Background information sources can help you narrow down your topic.
  • They will define terms you may not be familiar with.
  • They will provide a list of references that can help you to further explore your topics.
  • The experts who wrote the entries may even provide their contact information