Social Psychology Network

Maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University

Web-Based Reference Tools

    With the reference tools on this page, you can search social science databases, translate foreign language terms, or even convert physical measurement units. Many of these tools are little-known gems that are well worth exploring.

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Table of Contents (click on a category of interest)
Searchable Databases:

  Psychology Databases
  Social Science and Survey Research
  Grant Information
  Phone, Address, and Email Directories
  Other Useful Databases

Research and Grant Assistance:

  Research Tip Sheets
  Manuscript Preparation
  Research Ethics
  Grant Information
Online Reference Information:

  General Reference Sites
  Digital Libraries
    Foreign Language Dictionaries and Translations
    Other Dictionaries
  Other Reference Works

Searching the Web for More Information:

  Guides on Searching the Web
  Popular Search Engines
  Megasites in Psychology

Searchable Databases
Psychology Databases:

Social Science and Survey Research:

Grant Information:

Phone, Address, and Email Directories:

Other Useful Databases:

Online Reference Information
General Reference Sites:

Digital Libraries:


  • Wikipedia (world's largest multilingual free encyclopedia)
  • (searchable entries from the Encyclopedia Britannica)
  • Webopedia (searchable encyclopedia on computer technology)


Other Reference Works:

Research and Grant Assistance
Research Tip Sheets:

Manuscript Preparation:

Research Ethics:

Grant Information:

Searching the World Wide Web
Guides on Searching the Web:

Popular Search Engines:

  • About (network of web guides assembled by area experts)
  • AltaVista (includes powerful advanced searches and translations)
  • Excite (has keyword searching, topic categories, and reviews)
  • Google (most popular search engine in the world)
  • (web guide and search engine; replaced Infoseek)
  • LookSmart (web guide with more than 100,000 categories)
  • Lycos (search engine, online community, and more)
  • WebCrawler (hybrid that combines several search engines)
  • Windows Live Search (Microsoft's search engine)
  • Yahoo! (the world's most frequently used web directory)

Megasites in Psychology:

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