Raquel Horlick


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Sciences & Engineering

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 865-5643

Librarian Email

Book Chair


Dept Chair

Janet B. Ruscher, Ph.D.

Dept Web Site


Program Description

The goal of the Psychology Department at Tulane University is to provide students with a course of study in basic research and application. Undergraduate students study in such core areas as cognitive, developmental, social, and physiological psychology; and the practice or application of psychology including School, and Industrial/organizational Psychology. Psychology students engage in research through small laboratory courses and independent projects and gain applied experiences through community-based service learning and internship opportunities. Undergraduate majors in Psychology as well as Psychology and Early Childhood Education are offered. At the graduate level, the department offers Ph.D. programs in Psychological Science and School Psychology.

Affiliated programs: Neuroscience

Subject Resource Guide


Collection emphasis is on the non-clinical aspects of Psychology: learning and memory, cognition and cognitive development, early child development, adolescent behavior, neuroscience, animal behavior, industrial/organizational psychology, cross-cultural psychology, social psychology. Introductory and advanced texts in modern statistical and analytical methods, and mathematical modeling in psychology, are commonly acquired. Educational psychology is acquired from a learning and developmental perspective - materials about classroom management, K-12 curriculum development, and the education of special types of students are not typically sought. Clinical materials are acquired selectively, usually at the request of faculty members. Neuroscience materials are also purchased using funds allocated for Cell & Molecular Biology.


The library collects journals, monographic series, monographs, and specialized reference works. Non-scholarly, 'pop' psychology materials are collected very selectively. Tests and measurements are not collected by the library because of copyright concerns. A considerable amount of material in the field of testing and measurement, however, is collected.


To broaden access, journals are sought online when available. Print may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Monographs and other materials are generally purchased as printed text, although an increasing number of books are available electronically, especially reference works such as encyclopedias and handbooks. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as online databases. The library generally avoids purchasing current indexes in print format, and has begun discarding older index volumes that are duplicated electronically.


English language materials are primarily sought, but items in other languages are considered selectively.

Chronological Period

Emphasis is on current research. Historical material in this area is considered selectively. Psychology biographies and history of psychology are also acquired selectively.

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years and items with older imprint dates are sought selectively. Out-of-print materials are sought selectively, mostly to replace important older works damaged or missing from the collection.

Geographical Considerations

North America and Britain are most commonly represented but no specific areas are excluded.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library borrows a wide range of materials for our users through memberships in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A reciprocal agreement called TU/LU allows undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans. The LALINC consortium allows graduate students and faculty to borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries and at other academic libraries throughout the state. Inquire at the library's Circulation Desk for more information about cooperative borrowing privileges.

Supply Sources

Limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.

Endowed Funds

No endowed funds are specially directed toward Psychology.

Selection Tools

Reviews such as those from Choice, review journals, notification slips received from YBP, occasional notices from foreign vendors, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students.