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HD Theory Research

Online guide for researching theoretical foundations in human development.

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PsycNET for Theory Research

PsycNET's Author LookUp tool will help you find:

  • primary sources written by your theorist, and links to library copies, if available
  • list of studies referencing the original articles, for use in application example

1. Click the PsycNET link above or go to PsycNET from the Library homepage > Databases > PsycNET.
Click the Author LookUp tool in PsycNET (on right)

screenshot showing location of AuthorLookup link






2. Search for the name of your theorist and add them to the search.  

Author Lookup tool

3. Add keywords related to the development theory of interest, e.g. aging

advanced search showing additional keywords for theory

4. Review results and note the following:

  • Articles with a high number of citations were more influential.  Review these articles as others with fewer Cited by #may be too specific.
  • Click the link to Cited by # will show you a list of articles citing this source.  These may be candidates for your example empirical study showing application of the theory
  • Click the Full Text from Eckerd link to see if Eckerd has a copy available online or in print.  If not, it should show you a link to request the item through our Interlibrary Loan system.

PsycNet results showing Cited by and Full Text links

Browse the Collection

Use the following call numbers to browse books in the library that you can check out.   Books with call numbers A-G are on the 1st floor, call numbers H-Z are on the 2nd floor.

BF 712 – 724.85  Developmental Psychology across the lifespan

HQ 1-HQ2039 The Family. Marriage. Woman

HV 40-69  Social Service. Social Work

LB 5-3640  Theory and Practice of Education

LC 8-6691   Special Aspects of Education

RC 475-489  Therapeutics, Psychotherapy

RC 952-954.6 Geriatrics

RJ 1-570   Pediatrics

InterLibrary Loan

If the Eckerd Library doesn't own the book or article that you need, you can borrow from another library FREE OF CHARGE by placing an interlibrary loan request.