Welcome to the research guide for PL 100. You can begin your study of General Psychology by using this page as a guide to psychology topics and research.
"PL 100 develops the ability to apply current psychological principles. Psychology is a broad and expanding discipline and the introductory course is necessarily a survey. The focus of the course is the development of an awareness and understanding of one's own behavior and the behavior of others. Emphasis is placed on applying the behavioral principles learned to the cadets' current lives and their functioning as future officers" (http://www.usma.edu/bsl/SitePages/PL100.aspx).
When searching for background information on a typical topic for this course such as a leadership concept or behavioral model use keywords related to leadership, psychology, and behavior to find books, ebooks, newspaper articles, as well as journal articles to increase your understanding of psychology in Scout or the Library Catalog.
Are you curious about General Psychology books we have here in the USMA Library? You can always use Scout or our catalog to search for a book on a specific topic, but if you enjoy browsing the shelves, go up to the west side of the 5th floor and find the call numbers that start with "BF." Here's a general listing of subject areas:
Once you've acquired background information on your topic it's time to turn to subject-specific databases in order to find detailed scholarly articles that provide a more in-depth and focused analysis of your research paper topic. Below are links to databases that include articles which examine psychology, sociology and the behavioral sciences.
Additionally, you can get a better understanding of how to be successful in the process of doing topic research by clicking here.