History of Psychiatry

Spring 2011

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-57; Lisa A. Raskin (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books


Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

American Periodicals Series (1740-1940)
Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.

Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.

Search thousands of library catalogs for books and more.

Annual Review of Psychology (print copy in Science Library  BF 30 A56): Search for literature reviews on many topics. Literature surveys can point to major sources -- both books and articles.

Resources on the History of Psychiatry: A bibliography from Emily Martin and Lorna A. Rhodes, professors of anthropology, compiled for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine.  To search the National Library of Medicine's catalog, use NLM LocatorPlus.

Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office, United States Army (1880-1955) (Frost Reference Z 6676 U6): 58 volumes recording books and (mostly) journal articles in the library that became the National Library of Medicine. A gold mine of historical information on developments in the field.  Note: Use old-fashioned terminology to search older volumes.


Citation Linker
Do you know exactly what recent article you need? Input the information about it here and let the library system help you look for it. This software is not reliable for 19th and early 20th-century journal articles. Check the library catalog by journal title for journals before the mid-20th century.



International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

Oxford English Dictionary
Key dictionary of English language on historical principles.

Handbook of Psychology (Science Reference BF 121 B2)
12 volumes, each devoted to a major aspect of psychology, with substantial articles and recommendations for further research. 

Handbook of Psychology (Frost BF 121 B2)
Two volumes published 1889-91.  A 19th-century view of psychology.

Harvard Guide to Psychiatry (Science Reference RC 454 N47 1999)
Chapters covering major topics in psychiatry. Note that it was published 20 years ago and now of historical interest.

The Freud Encyclopedia: Theory, Therapy, and Culture (Frost Reference BF 173 F6176 2002)
Short articles on Freud and his theories, followers, and influence.

International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (Frost Reference RC 501.4 D4313 2005)
Help with concepts, disorders, treatments, major people in the field, etc.

Concise Medical Dictionary
Quick definitions of terms, diseases, drugs, and more.

Oxford Companion to Medicine
Short articles on all aspects of medicine. Handy for brief background.

Oxford Companion to the Mind
Brief articles on "every important aspect of mind, brain and consciousness" -- some very serious, some more witty. Good for ready reference.

Citing Sources


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th edition. 2010).  (print copy in Frost and Science Reference  BF 76.7 P83 2010) and online from OWL: the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
Be a careful scholar! Cite all your sources -- whether they are print books and journals, online journals,  or websites.