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Books on psychology are classified by the Library of Congress from BF 1 to BF 990.

BF Psychology

38 Philosophy of psychology
173 Psychoanalysis
176 Psychological tests and testing
180 Experimental psychology
309-499 Consciousness. Cognition (including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, intelligence, etc.)
501 Motivation
511 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
608 Will. Volition. Choice. Control
636 Applied psychology
660 Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology
692 Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior
697 Differential psychology. Individuality. Self
698 Personality
699 Genetic psychology
712-724.85 Developmental psychology (including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood)
795-839 Temperament. Character


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In addition to books, you may wish to search for book-length Master's theses or Ph.D dissertations.

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PSYC 4104E Theses

The Archives holds all print theses prior to 2010. To find them, go to the Advanced menu and, under the Search Library box,  on the first line, enter Psychology and on the second, after changing the search option to KeyWord enter ESS.

Beginning in 2015, these theses are included in UZoneUL.