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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Lifespan Development course guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.

The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.

The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for lifespan development and developmental psychology, including some tutorials for these resources.

Let's get started!

Psychology writing assignments

Here's a helpful guide to writing psychology papers, including some ideas about designing your own study:

  • Psychology (The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

A literature review is similar to, but not quite the same thing as an annotated bibliography. These are helpful guides to writing a lit review:

Evaluating information

Not everything you read online is true. Shocking, I know. Have you ever heard of the CRAAP test? A librarian developed this handy acronym to help you remember these things when evaluating information.

Currency: is this the most up-to-date information on my topic?
Relevance: does this information relate to my topic?
Authority: is the author qualified to write about this subject?
Accuracy: has this information been fact-checked?
Purpose: is this information objective, or is it biased?

Here are some useful guides to help you evaluate information you find on the web:

Citing sources (APA style)

There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments, but psychology writing usually requires APA (American Psychological Association) style. The Purdue Online Writing Lab has an excellent guide to using APA style, with lots of examples:

You can also go straight to the source:

Our catalog and databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select APA style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!

Avoiding plagiarism

"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."

This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. See how easy that was?

Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.

Writing help

The Center for Student Success offers tutoring to all DCTC students, including help with writing your paper and citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting room 2-101.

In the Library


Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.



The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.

Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.

If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.


We have lots of books about psychology in our collection. Many of these are shelved in the BF call number range, but you'll find most books about developmental psychology in the BF712-724.85 range specifically. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of our books about developmental psychology and lifespan development:


Course resources

Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books on reserve must be used in the Library, except with permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Kail's Human Development: A Life-Span View is on reserve for PSYC1350: Lifespan Development; ask a librarian if you'd like to use it.

Online Resources

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology is a professional journal of the American Psychological Association (APA). EBSCO provides full text from 1969 to the present.

APA PsycArticles

APA PsycArticles

APA PsycArticles features full-text articles from about 120 peer-reviewed psychology journals, covering all fields of psychology, including developmental psychology.

Searching APA Databases tutorial

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Gale OneFile: Psychology offers 4.1 million articles in all fields of psychology, including developmental psychology.

Video tutorials for Gale OneFile: Psychology

Films On Demand

Films On Demand

Films On Demand features almost 2,600 streaming videos on psychology, covering topics like adult development, child & adolescent development, death & dying, and more.


There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.


EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles. These databases include APA PsycArticles, which covers all topics related to psychology.
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles. These databases include Gale OneFile: Psychology, which covers all topics related to psychology.
ProQuestSearch hundreds of U.S. newspapers, newswires, and news sites with ProQuest U.S. Newsstream.
Google Scholar Search and explore scholarly literature with Google Scholar. Some citations include links to full-text content.


Please visit the Library or e-mail if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

Selected ebooks

Here are just a few of the ebooks from our EBSCO eBook Collection that relate to developmental psychology and lifespan development:


BF713 Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive DevelopmentEverything You Need to Know about Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
Takeesha L Rowland, 2012


BF723 Born Together—Reared ApartBorn Together—Reared Apart : The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study
Nancy L. Segal, 2012


BF724.55 Psychology of Aging 101Psychology of Aging 101
Robert Youdin, 2016


HQ796 Late Teenage YearsThe Late Teenage Years : From Seventeen to Adulthood
Joan Schachter, 2013


HQ1061 Lighter as We GoLighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging
Mindy Greenstein, 2015