The goal of the Psychology Department at Tulane University is to provide students with a course of study in basic research and application. Undergraduate students study in such core areas as cognitive, developmental, social, and physiological psychology; and the practice or application of psychology including School, and Industrial/organizational Psychology. Psychology students engage in research through small laboratory courses and independent projects and gain applied experiences through community-based service learning and internship opportunities. Undergraduate majors in Psychology as well as Psychology and Early Childhood Education are offered. At the graduate level, the department offers Ph.D. programs in Psychological Science and School Psychology.
Subject Resource Guide
Collection emphasis is on the non-clinical aspects of Psychology: learning and memory, cognition and cognitive development, early child development, adolescent behavior, neuroscience, animal behavior, industrial/organizational psychology, cross-cultural psychology, social psychology. Introductory and advanced texts in modern statistical and analytical methods, and mathematical modeling in psychology, are commonly acquired. Educational psychology is acquired from a learning and developmental perspective - materials about classroom management, K-12 curriculum development, and the education of special types of students are not typically sought. Clinical materials are acquired selectively, usually at the request of faculty members. Neuroscience materials are also purchased using funds allocated for Cell & Molecular Biology.
The library collects journals, monographic series, monographs, and specialized reference works. Non-scholarly, 'pop' psychology materials are not collected. Tests are not collected by the library because of copyright concerns. A considerable amount of material in the field of testing and measurement, however, is collected.
To broaden access, journals are sought online when available. Print may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Monographs and other materials are generally purchased as printed text, although an increasing number of books are available electronically, especially reference works such as encyclopedias and handbooks. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as online databases. The library generally avoids purchasing current indexes in print format, and has begun discarding older index volumes that are duplicated electronically.
English language materials are primarily sought, but items in other languages are considered selectively.
Emphasis is on current research. Historical material in this area is considered selectively. Psychology biographies and history of psychology are also acquired selectively.
Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years and items with older imprint dates are sought selectively. Out-of-print materials are sought selectively, mostly to replace important older works damaged or missing from the collection.
North America and Britain are most commonly represented but no specific areas are excluded.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.
No endowed funds are specially directed toward Psychology.
Reviews such as those from Choice, review journals, notification slips received from YBP, occasional notices from foreign vendors, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students.