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HDFS 1500: Amand Hardiman: Key Resources

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Theories & Biographical Information: Find Books

This assignment asks you to gather sources that provide evidence and support for the following three major elements of your paper:

(a) Describe the theory (Discuss the important elements of the theory) 

(b) Include a concise biography of the theorist who developed the theory

(c)  Describe important critiques or gaps in the theory or theorist 

Books will be particularly useful to learn the basic elements of theories, how they were developed, and who developed them. They will also often contain biographical information on the theorist. Depending on how notorious the theorist, there may be entire books just focusing on biographical information. Try searches that combine your concepts by using the term AND in your search, like this: 

  • Attachment Theory OR Bowlby


Need a book we don't own?

Use interlibrary loan to request books, articles, and more from other libraries.

How to find a book in the stacks: 

Critiquing Theories: Find Articles

Articles will be particularly useful in finding various critiques of your theory and theorist. You may need to try multiple databases; typically, article databases produce a lot more results than the library catalog. You can use the same strategy above to combine concepts together using the term AND, like this:

  • Skinner AND Operant Conditioning


Article Linker button

Need the PDF/full-text?

Use Article Linker to search for full-text across all databases. If the article isn't available, choose Request via ILLiad or use interlibrary loan to request a copy from another library.