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A guide to doing research in Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014 URL: http://info.library.okstate.edu/counseling Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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About This Guide

This guide will show resources available for research in Counseling and Counseling Psychology.

You will find information as follows:

  • Background Information - not an expert in Counseling? Here are some books and electronic sources to help you get up to speed.
  • Database Search Tips - tricks and tips to search databases more effectively and efficiently.
  • Finding Books - step one in research is locating books. Here you will find links to searching for books in the OSU Library, as well as other sources for identifying books in libraries around the world.
  • Dissertations - looking for dissertations in counseling and counseling psychology done at OSU or elsewhere?
  • Finding Articles - to locate research articles, here are some databases and tips
  • Writing and Citing - now that you've collected your information, it's time to write the paper and cite your sources correctly.
  • Tests and Measures - a guide to locating psychological tests and measures
  • Videos - a listing of counseling and psychology DVDs and VHS format materials
  • Course Guides - Guides for CPSY courses taught at OSU Stillwater

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The Nature of Counseling Research

Before beginning research in counseling, you need to be aware that counseling is a social science. The social sciences are concerned with the study of human society and of individual relationships in and to society. The social sciences include (but are not limited to):

  • sociology
  • psychology
  • anthropology
  • economics
  • political science
  • history

The social sciences are inherently interdisciplinary, meaning they draw upon one another's research and use it as a part of their own.

  • Psychologists and Counselors will study a given topic from a psychological or counseling perspective - is there anything within the individual which is leading to the situation you are examining?
  • Sociologists will study that same issue from a cultural or societal perspective - is there something in society or a culture which is leading to this situation?
  • Educators will study just about any issue in counseling, as pertains to an educational or learning environment.
  • Finally, psychology as a social science also branches out into the medical sciences as well

What does this mean for you as a counseling student engaged in research? You need to look in many places for your research, beyond PsycINFO (our primary resource for research in psychology and counseling.) Remember: psychologists and counselors will research issues from one perspective, sociologists from another, educators from another, and so on.

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