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HD Theory Research

Online guide for researching theoretical foundations in human development.

Finding Primary Sources for Human Development Theories

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

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

  • Course reserves located at the Circulation Desk on the HD Reserves cart
    • Materials are in-library use only, and can be checked out for 2-hours (one at a time)
  • Use OneSearch to search for materials. You may also refer to the HD Senior Seminar Course Reserves list (OneSearch) to get a sense of the number of titles available. 
  • Many sources may have electronic options linking to library ebooks, articles, and titles on the Internet Archive.

To begin your research on human development theorists:

Step 1: Choose a theory or theorist to research

  • Consult related course materials
  • Consider theories of interest in HD classes
  • You may also refer to the HD Developmental Theories Readings for a list of theories and theorists, and the minimum number of readings available on Course Reserve. You will likely encounter more than is listed in OneSearch. 

Step 2: Finding Sources 

Consult the following sources:

  • HD Reserves cart - 100+ books and articles specific to HD theorists
  • OneSearch - all available books, ebooks, articles, written by and about theorists, as well as access to ILL
  • Course Reserves list - links to physical and electronic course reserves for HD 410
  • - for out of print monographs (books) 

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