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HD Theory Research

Online guide for researching theoretical foundations in human development.


This is the online research guide for Human Development Theorist Research.  The resources in this guide have been specifically selected to assist with your research on the theoretical foundations of human development.

Feel free to contact me or any of the other librarians if you have any questions during the research process. 

~ Nancy

Finding Primary Sources for Human Development Theories

Link to class slides

Beginning research on human development theories:

Step 1: Choose a theory

Consult the following sources:

Step 2: Finding Sources 

flowchart for reserves

Many primary sources published by human development theorists have been placed on Course Reserve at the library.

  • Course reserves are located at the Circulation Desk
  • Materials are in-library use only, and can be checked out for 2-hours (one at a time)
  • Search for materials on the HD Senior Seminar Course Reserves list

Many sources may also have ebook options linking to library ebooks, articles, and titles on the Internet Archive.

If a title is only available in print, you may submit a scanning request of 1 - 2 chapters per book. Expect a 2 day turnaround time and make sure you account for this as you plan for your presentation. Scanning requests can be submitted to

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