Background information can help you learn more about your topic and develop your research question. It is often found in reference works, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, or handbooks. Reference works can be general in nature, such as Psychiatry Online, but there also may be reference works that are more specific to your topic. For example, if your research topic deals with dementia, you will want to look at a resource like the APA Handbook of Dementia, which will provide more focused information and list other potentially relevant sources.
Seeking out background information is often an important early step in the research process. Watch the following video for more information on how it can help you develop your research question:
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the standard in psychology used by mental health professionals to provide diagnosis. It contains classification of various mental health disorders, which is information you can use to learn more about a particular disorder and to ensure you are aware of the proper terminology used in this field of research.
These handbooks are available via the Library's APA PsycBook Database:
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Use the main search box on the Library Homepage to find other books in our collection. General Psychology books are assigned with a call number starting with BF. They are located on the 8th floor, Blue Wing of the M.D. Anderson Library. The books that fall into the subject area of mental disorders and their treatments usually have a call number starting with RC or RJ. They are on the second-floor brown wing.