Counseling psychology and development: Providing therapeutic treatments to treat a wide variety of symptoms

William James

Influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher, William James

In life, there are no guarantees. While you can control much of what goes on in your life, there are instances when issues can arise, overwhelming our abilities to manage and control our responses to them. Counseling psychology is one of the largest specialty practices within the field of psychology. Counseling psychologists take a more generalized approach when helping patients with any one of their psychosomatic problems.

William James was an influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher who wrote a pioneering paper called The Principles of Psychology, blending his own research and thoughts about psychology, philosophy and physiology. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Free reading from our “Newly added” books section!

The Questia library is constantly growing and evolving with the needs of our users. This holiday season, we’re happy to share some of our brand new content with the Footnotes readers! As a treat for our readers, we’re sharing some of the most recently added books  to our collection for free for a month. We were even able to quickly create a perfect Chicago Style bibliography using Questia’s handy bibliography tool! Did you know Questia will automatically generate your bibliography in MLA, APA or Chicago format? Be sure to try it out as you work on your next research paper or project.

Enjoy! Read more

Questia’s Citation Showdown Contest: Enter your bibliography for a chance to win part of $2000 in prizes!

Citation Showdown PrizesWith numerous essays and exams piling up, the end of the semester is typically a challenging time for students. Whether the paper is on Ancient Greece or William Shakespeare, a quality research paper includes multiple sources, all of which must be properly cited. However, locating the information necessary for citations can be difficult.  To help motivate students to properly cite their research work, Questia, the premier online research and paper writing resource is conducting a nationwide search for the best and most correct use of citations in a research paper.

Read more

Finding the best scholarly articles for your term papers and research projects

Finding scholarly sourcesNow that you’re in college, have you noticed that your instructors are a lot pickier about how you conduct research for your term papers and research projects? Do they keep mentioning the term “scholarly articles” when they talk about sources? College demands a higher level of thinking and reasoning than you may have gotten used to in high school. You have to show that you’ve reviewed what already exists on your topic but have also arrived at conclusions all on your own. With term paper season in full swing, check out these top tips to get you thinking like a scholarly researcher on your next term paper or research project.

Choosing scholarly sources

A scholarly source is one that has been created by someone from the research community. This includes anyone with a Ph.D. after their name and researchers who are affiliated with a university. Read more

Practicing source-ery: Utilizing primary and secondary sources

Primary and secondary sourcesPrimary and secondary sources

Now that research paper-writing season is well underway, you may be hearing your professors discussing the need for primary sources as well as secondary sources. Sidney Silverman Library at Bergen Community College (NJ) offers a straightforward definition of the difference between primary and secondary sources. “Primary sources are original materials such as autobiographies, poems, diaries, documents, research articles, original data, or an original creation such as a piece of art.”  Materials that “describe, explain or interpret primary sources,” they explain, are secondary sources. “These include literature criticism, biographies, books about a topic, reviews, encyclopedias and dictionaries.” A well-written research paper includes a range of primary and secondary sources throughout in order to have a well-balanced collection of resources and facts. Learn how to distinguish between the two and discover some lesser known resources for each!

Read more

Psychology articles on dreams, memory and personality on Questia

If you’re searching for psychology articles on dreams, memory, personality or other topics, check out some of the scholarly books and articles on Questia, your online research library and paper-writing tool.

The entire Questia site has been redesigned to be more user-friendly and useful. However, it continues to offer users:

  • More than 70,000 full-text online books across a wide range of subjects
  • More than 6 million full-text articles from over 1,700 reputable publications
  • Thousands of research topics featuring librarian-selected sources to jumpstart projects

For example, on psychology alone you’ll find 43 thousand books, 14 thousand academic journal articles, 29 thousand newspaper and magazine articles and hundreds of encyclopedia entries. Read more

Get Fast, Accurate Results with Exact Phrases

“Searching for phrases” notes Living Internet “is one of the fastest ways to narrow down results” Their article Search for Phrases, explains how to use this technique.

You can specify a phrase on most search engines by placing it in double quotes. Because they are a form of unique identifier, phrases are very useful at filtering search results to just pages that contain that exact, specific string of characters. Read more

Line It Up

“A working outline,” says the University of Victoria Department of English, can provide you “with a rough map of where the essay will go, making a diagram of your thoughts to sharpen and define your purpose.” The UVic Writer’s Guide explains how to create one in “The Structure of the Essay Outline:”

The beginning is the introduction containing your thesis statement; the end is the conclusion; and the middle or body of the essay contains the argument, supported by evidence or example and designed to prove your thesis. Read more

Culture Club

Online Search Techniques

“The diversity of cultures represented on the Web is an amazing and wonderful thing,” notes Web expert Barbara G. Friedman, who adds, “But online searches are easily thwarted if the user fails to take into account the myriad spellings and meanings that accompany that diversity. Searching for one will not find sites that use the other spelling, or for that matter sites containing misspellings. In addition, the same word can have alternate meanings even within a single language.” Read more