The following links and resources cover a range of topics of interest to psychology majors. They cover career options as well as issues such as writing in APA style and statistical and research methods.
The links are categorized according to the following topics:
- Major Psychology Organizations
- Careers in Psychology
- Clinical/Counseling Psychology
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Conferences and Awards
- Conducting Psychological Research
- Writing in APA Style
Major Psychology Organizations
Psi Chi is the national honor society for psychology. They maintain an extensive website with information specifically relevant to undergraduates. Find information on making the most of your psychology major, careers in and outside of psychology, undergraduate research, research conferences and publications for psychology majors, selecting and apply to graduate schools, and much more.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has an excellent website on all aspects of psychology. You can explore the website by its four divisions (Education, Science, Practice and Public Interest), by its 54 divisions, or by current research and topics in psychology. Find links to the Monitor on Psychology, all APA research journals and APA books.
If you are interested in pursing graduate study in psychology, or if you are just deeply interested in psychology, we recommend that you become a student affiliate of the APA.You receive both the Monitor on Psychology and the American Psychologist for a very reasonable price: http://www.apa.org/membership/students.html
The Association for Psychological Science (APS) promotes scientific research in psychology. They maintain an excellent website with links to ongoing research, research organizations, and research resources. They also publish an excellent set of journals.
If you are interested in a career in psychological science, consider becoming a student member of APS. Student members receive three APS journals for a very reasonable price.
Online Psychology Resources
There are many online resources for psychology. One of the most comprehensive is AmoebaWeb, maintained by Dr. Douglas Degelman.
Careers in Psychology
The APA maintains a page of links and resources aimed at prospective or current psychology majors.
Dr. Marky Lloyd maintains an excellent website for both prospective psychology and current psychology majors and with advice on how to get the most out of your undergraduate years, careers for psychology majors and tips for applying for graduate programs.
The State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego maintains an excellent student resource on all aspects of being a psychology major with career information on a wide variety of fields of psychology. There are also links on writing and specialized psychology organizations.
Searching for and Applying to Graduate Schools
These sites provide comprehensive information about graduate programs in psychology and tips for preparing applications. These sites should provide you with a starting point in your search, and are not meant to provide all the information you will need.
The psychology graduate applicant's portal. This site, maintained by Dr. Curt Burgess, is full of all kinds of useful information on graduate programs in psychology.
AmoebaWeb is a comprehensive site about all topics in psychology maintained by Dr. Douglas Degelman. It has extensive links on graduate programs.
About.com maintains a set of links, advice and information columns about psychology and graduate study in psychology.
The following document written by Dr. Steven Davis discusses different career options in clinical, counseling and related fields. It includes tips on finding and applying to appropriate graduate programs.
Dr. Davis has also prepared a self-assessment to give you some insight into career options in the clinical/counseling area that you might consider.
Here is the U.S. News and World Report rankings of clinical psychology programs. Interpret these rankings with caution. Keep in mind that the top ranked graduate programs are likely strongly research oriented rather than therapy oriented. Second, you should seek out graduate programs based on match between your particular goals and interests and the goals and interests of the graduate program and faculty.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Conferences and Awards
Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Psychology. APA maintains a list of summer programs. These programs are highly competitive.
APA runs its own summer research program for undergraduates called the Summer Science Fellowship. Information on that program can be found here:
Psi Chi maintains a list of research grants, opportunities and awards for undergraduates.
Conducting Psychological Research
Dr. Megan Bradley maintains a comprehensive resource on all phases of research
Here is a guide produced by the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) to help high school teachers guide student research. Although it was intended to help teachers guide student research for science fairs, it provides a comprehensive but accessible overview and guide for doing psychological research for anyone needing help.
A guide to social science research that also has a guide to selecting the appropriate statistical test for your research.
The Samford IRB website
Writing in APA Style
Plagiarism: Indiana University Bloomington School of Education provides this description and test for plagiarism. See if you really know what plagiarism is.
APA style straight from the horse's mouth
The Samford Library maintains links to several resources on APA style.
Capital Community College offers this handy guide to APA style
Here is an excellent resource from Purdue on APA style that is nicely divided into topics