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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science [Grinnell]
W. Edward Craighead and Charles B. Nemeroff, co-editors
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001
ISBN 0471239496 (set)
3rd edition; 4 volumes.
This is a must have encyclopedia set--the best general encyclopedia of Psychology. This Encyclopedia is written at a level that assumes some prior knowledge of the subject.

Drug Information (MEDLINEplus -- United States National Library of Medicine)
Concise and authoritative information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster™, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) , and the USP DI® Advice for the Patient®, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). The information provided for each drug includes a list of applicable brand names, a description of what the drug is used for and what it can do, dosing recommendations, precautions and possible side effects, and storage recommendations. The information is arranged alphabetically by the first letter of [the] generic or brand name drug.

This resource is extremely straightforward and easy-to-use--a top-notch source of drug information -- from the text of the Web site.

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior [Grinnell]
V.S. Ramachandran, Editor-in-Chief
New York: Academic Press, 1994
ISBN 0122269209 (set)
4 volumes; detailed table of contents (volume 1 has a table of contents that covers all 4 volumes); volume 4 contains a list of contributors with mailing addresses and a subject and name index (82 pages).
Each entry or review averages about 12 pages in length and contains an outline, glossary of terms, cross-references, and, at the end, a healthy bibliography intended as a guide to further reading. The reviews are arranged alphabetically by subject. The text is written at the level of students and researchers in the field.

Psychology Basics [Grinnell]
Frank N. Magill, editor
Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1998
ISBN 0893569631 (set)
2 volumes; 700+ pages; a glossary (36 pages) and a subject-and-name index located at the end of volume 2.
As the title implies, this set provides readable and useful overviews of a wide range of topics in Psychology. In essence, it serves the purpose of an encyclopedia; it is even arranged alphabetically by topic. Each article is approximately 6 pages long and begins with a quick description or definition of the topic and a glossary of relevant terms. All of the 100+ articles have the same arrangement which assists in answering the kind of questions one may often have when seeking basic understanding of a topic--an overview, applications, and context. Each article also contains a short bibliography of classic works related to that topic; many of the entries in the bibliographies contain very useful annotations. One word of caution--the articles were originally published in 1993 and were brought up-to-date for this set. The most obvious addition of new material can be found in the bibliographies accompanying the articles. The newer material in the bibliographies tends not to be annotated.

The Thirteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook [Grinnell]
James C. Impara and Barbara S. Plake, editors
Lincoln, NE: The Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998
Will be updated by a Supplement
1 volume; published since 1933; 1300+ pages; contains 6 indexes--title, acronym, classified subject, a publishers' directory and index, name, and test score; also contains a list of test reviewers with their titles and institutions.
The purpose of the Yearbook is to "... provide test users with descriptive information, references, and critical reviews of tests" (from the Introduction). This is the source for those either needing or studying a psychological test. The tests are listed alphabetically by title. Each entry includes descriptive information about the test including its purpose, population, scores, administration, price, time, author, publisher, etc., one or more reviews of the test, and sometimes lists of references.

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