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CNS 721: Research and Statistical Analysis in Counseling (Online): Reference Sources
Resources, tutorials, and readings for CNS 721: Research and Statistical Analysis in Counseling
"Reference" is a loose term we use in libraryland to describe those works that have a certain general usefulness to them. These sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. They typically provide broad summary and overview rather than in-depth analysis, so they make great places to start any research project.
How do I find reference sources?
Reference works can be found a few different ways. There are standalone reference books (and many reference ebooks) that you can access through the catalog (examples on the left). There are full-text online databases that can search within numerous reference works at the same time (see below).
In all of these, performing broad searches is best: just one or two words, since their contents are typically short overview pieces.
Credo Reference includes over 650 titles with particular emphasis on subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are over 1,100 short reference videos, nearly 450,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.
Contains descriptions of nearly 1900 commercially published standardized educational, personality, vocational aptitude, and psychological tests. Each record provides authors, publishers, time requirements, score descriptions, intended populations, validity/reliability data, and critical reviews.
This resource represents the "best statistics currently available on the prevalence, treatment, and costs of mental disorders for the population of the United States, in addition to information about possible consequences of mental illnesses, such as suicide and disability."
"SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provides guidance and technical assistance to decision makers at all levels of government on the design, structure, content, and use of mental health information systems, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of mental health programs and services delivery."
"The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States."