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Counseling and Counseling Psychology Databases
Secondary - Counseling and Counseling Psychology are social sciences, and as such, they draw their literature from a variety of other databases. These secondary databases may be helpful for research.
Specialized - these databases are related to psychology, but highly specialized.
OSU Library Books
Books Available Elsewhere
EndNote - free bibliographic management software that you can use to save citations into a database of references that you can insert into your research papers.
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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):
- political science
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.
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.