Research Guide: HUM 198 - Human Behavior

| Citing Sources | Reference Books | CONSULS Catalog | Online Databases | Locating Periodicals | Interlibrary Loan | Questions? |

Citing Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating which may lower the grade you receive on your writing assignment. You must cite the source of any direct quotation and any facts or ideas you obtained from a source other than yourself. For more information about how to avoid plagiarism, please see this brief video from Bainbridge College in YouTube: Plagiarism: How to Avoid It (

For tips on citation format, please see the Chicago Manual of Style Guide courtesy of the OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab ( The complete text of The Chicago Manual of Style is available online to WCSU students at: //

Selected Reference Books for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number in the stacks on the fourth and fifth floors of the Ruth Haas Library. To learn about LC call numbers, please watch the brief video Reading a Call Number in YouTube (courtesy of the Douglas College Library). Reference books may not be checked out, but free scanners are available for student use on the first floor (please bring your own flash drive).

The Oxford Dictionary of PsychologyRef BF 31.C65 2006
Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology. 3 volumes.RC 456.C66 2006
The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 4 volumes.Ref BF 31.E52 2010
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. 4 volumes.Ref BF 31.E5 1994
Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. 2 volumes.Ref HM 1121.E57 2008
Encyclopedia of Social Issues. 6 volumes.Ref HN 57.E59 1997
Encyclopedia of Social Work. 4 volumes.Ref HV 12.E53 2008
Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 2 volumes.Ref RC 563.4.E53 2009
Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia. 3 volumes.Ref H 41.G56 2013
Handbook of Child Psychology. Sixth edition. 4 volumes.Ref BF 721.H242 2006
Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology. 3 volumes.R 726.7.H354 2002
Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior. 2 volumes.Ref R 726.5.E53 2004
International Encyclopedia of Social Policy. 2 volumes.Ref HN 18.3.I58 2010

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CONSULS Online Catalog for Books and Media

CONSULS catalog workstations are located in the Reference Area on the first floor, and on each of the other floors of the Haas Library. You may logon to CONSULS via the WCSU Libraries Homepage at or directly at Please Note: CONSULS ignores upper and lower case, and you may omit punctuation, except the hyphen which must be replaced by a space.


Select Keyword(s) at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the words which best describe your topic, in any order.

Example: psychopathology and (screening or testing) (press ENTER)
Narrower: psychopath* and (brain scan* or brain imaging) (ENTER)

Example: (depression or depressive disorder*) and (drug therapy or medicat*) (press ENTER)
Narrower: (depression or depressive disorder*) and (prozac or fluoxetine) (ENTER)

Use the * (asterisk) as a truncation symbol to retrieve variant forms of a word root. Use the Boolean OR to expand your search by including synonyms and related terms. When using two different Boolean commands in the same search statement ("and" and "or" in the preceding examples) you must include parentheses to indicate which command is to be performed first.


Select Subject at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the Library of Congress subject heading which best describes your topic. Correct spelling and word order are important. The complete list of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is published in a set of big red books available in the Reference Area on the first floor of the Haas Library.

Example: Mental illness--Chemotherapy--United States (press ENTER)
Or just: mental illness chemotherapy (ENTER)

Example: Schizophrenia--Treatment--United States (ENTER)
Or just: schizophrenia treatment (ENTER)


Select Title at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type as much of the title as you remember in correct word order. In CONSULS, you may omit "a," "an," or "the" at the beginning of a title.

Example: Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us (press ENTER)
Or just: without conscience (ENTER)


Select Author at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the writer's name last-name-first. Correct spelling is important.

Example: hare robert d (press ENTER)
Or just: hare rob (ENTER)

To limit search results to items owned by WCSU, click on Limit/Sort and then select WCSU under "WHERE Item is Located."


If the item you need is owned by one of the other CSU Libraries (CCSU, SCSU, or ECSU) but not by WCSU, or if the copy at WCSU is checked out, you may request the item electronically via INTER-CAMPUS LOAN by clicking the Request option at the full record display in CONSULS. Then select "WCSU" and type your University network username and password. Be sure to specify a pickup location (Haas or Young Library) before initiating your request. If you need assistance with Inter-Campus Loan, please contact the Circulation Desk at (203) 837-9100.

There is a limit of ten (10) Inter-Campus Loan requests per person. Videos are available via Inter-Campus Loan. Please allow 3-4 working days for delivery to the Haas Circulation Desk. Items borrowed via Inter-Campus Loan may be renewed for an additional borrowing period if no one has placed a HOLD on the item.

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Online Databases for Finding Periodical Articles

Credo Reference
Coverage: A database of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works in full-text. Includes media (images, audiofiles, video).
Location: Under Articles & Databases by Subject: Reference on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Reference articles, quotations, images, audio files, and videos on a wide range of topics..
Academic Search Premier in EBSCOhost
Coverage: 1990 to present (earlier for many publications)
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular at the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Indexes approximately 8,000 newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals in most fields, with over 4,500 available in full-text.
Coverage: Issue number one to within 5-6 years of present
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Full-text of core scholarly journals in more than 50 disciplines (complete backfiles).
Coverage: 1800s to present.
Location: Under Articles & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Indexing and abstracting of articles published in over 2,500 scholarly journals in psychology and related fields. Many articles are available in full text. Also includes books, book chapters, and dissertations.
CQ Researcher
Coverage: 1923 to present
Location: Under Articles & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: In-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day in 52 weekly issues per year. Each article includes an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
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Locating Periodicals in the Haas Library

To find out if WCSU subscribes to a specific periodical in print or online:

1. Select Journal Title under "Other Searches" at the CONSULS main menu, then type the name of the periodical (example: psychological bulletin) and press ENTER. If a title list appears on the screen, select the desired title, then look inside the box to find WCSU holdings. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see if WCSU owns backfiles on microfilm or microfiche.

2. To find out if a given periodical is available in full-text in one or more of WCSU's online databases, use the Journal Finder available under Articles & Databases on the WCSU Libraries Homepage (

How to Use Interlibrary Loan

If the CSU Libraries do not own the book you need, or if WCSU does not subscribe to the periodical you need, you may request delivery of the item via Interlibrary Loan using the online ILLiad system available at:

There is a limit of 5 Interlibrary Loan requests per person per day. Videos are not available via Interlibrary Loan. Under most circumstances, Interlibrary Loan is a free service, but please allow at least ten working days for delivery. You will be notified as soon as the material arrives. Faster document delivery service is available for a reasonable fee. Please phone the Interlibrary Loan Desk at (203) 837-9114 for more information.

Do You Have a Question?

Reference service is available on request at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Haas Library, or you may contact Joan Reitz, Instruction Librarian, at 837-8308 or My office is located in Room 402 on the fourth floor of the Haas Library (near the glass elevator).

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Please send your comments to Joan Reitz, Haas Instruction Librarian, Western Connecticut State University
Last updated on September 8, 2016