As psychology becomes an increasingly popular college major, the resources for it grow exponentially. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, because the over-abundance of information makes it that much harder to find quality resources. This list contains five vetted, professional-level resources for psychology majors of all education levels and branches of study.
The APA’s official website is the number one resource for psychology majors, no matter what specialty or level of degree students are trying to obtain. The APA website is home to a huge database of psychology journals, articles, interest pieces and other publications useful for students.
In addition to databases, the APA website is home to current events happening in all fields of psychology and any upcoming events that are available to the public. They also offer a help center, a career aid center and resources for psychology in science and education at all levels.
This website is specifically targeted for those interested in becoming psychology educators, but it is also a useful resource for psychology students of any major. Their primary goal is to “advance understanding of the discipline by promoting excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology.” They offer dozens of teaching resources, professional development PDFs, e-books, conference schedules and grant opportunities.
Additionally, they have various fellowship chapters that offer even more resources and long-term opportunities for members. Fellowship benefits include the ability to create and maintain connections with peers, colleagues and senior fellows, access to full psychology journals, and several advanced development and consulting services.
Social Psychology Network is a website devoted to all things psychology, not just the specific branch of social psychology. While this is a great place for those studying social psychology, it offers benefits to non-social psychology majors as well. One of the most useful sections of the website is its extensive list of financial aid sites for psychology students.
The site also includes databases for internships and job postings, most of which are further divided up into categories such as international jobs, nonprofit organization listings, academia-specific postings and a few branch-specific postings. Social Psychology Network also provides several useful resources for diversity promotion, minority associations within psychology, information about various clinical psychology programs and educational blogs and podcasts.
This site is a hub for just about every branch of psychology there is. It compiles resources on specific branches of psychology, but it also offers a searchable database for a broader range of topics. Psychology majors can search topics like addiction counseling, research guidelines, psychiatric references, online behavior patterns, neuroscience, careers and ethical issues within the field.
Psych Central’s database even lets students and professionals add credible websites to their inventory, so new information is constantly being added, and the databases are regularly updated.
National Institute of Mental Health
This website is another fantastic resource for psychology majors. It includes an in-depth look at psychiatric medications that are grouped by category. It covers the major drugs currently offered and explains how they work, what their common side effects are and how patients typically respond to each medication. The NIMH site also offers valuable information on the medical aspects of major disorders like autism, depression, PTSD and personality disorders.
While there are plenty of quality online resources available to psychology students, each of these five sites offers information on jobs, financial aid, journals and career counseling. This is helpful for students both during their time of study and after they have earned their psychology degree.