COG SCI 100: Cognitive Science

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  • Jill Woolums
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  • Office Location: Education Psychology Social Welfare Library, 2600 Tolman Hall
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About this Guide

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Lectures and readings will survey research from artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience, and will cover topics such as the nature of knowledge, thinking, remembering, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness.

Find articles and e-books

Core index to articles in psychology.
Indexes journals in the field of medicine and psychiatry.
Web of Science
Includes the Science and Social Sciences Citation Index. These let you find "forward citations" -- update your research by finding articles that cite an article.

Books (E-books and print)
WorldCat Catalog of catalogs of US libraries
OskiCat Catalog of the UC Berkeley Library
Melvyl Catalog of the UC Libraries
MIT CogNet
E-books in cognitive and brain sciences published by MIT.
Contains the DSM-V Online  (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and several full-text psychiatry journals.
APA e-books
Full text of books from 2009 to present published by the APA.
Springer Electronic Book Package
E-books in many fields including Psychology. (These e-books are also listed by title in Melvyl.)
Wiley eBook Collection. E-books in many fields including psychology. (These e-books are also listed by title in Melvyl.)


Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Annual Reviews in Psychology

Citation Linker

Citation Linker

Have a citation? Go directly to the article!  Use Citation Linker.

Get immediate access to journal articles, books and other publications (or request them when they are not available) by entering a title and other citation information.

When a publication is available online: The UC-eLinks window will provide a link to the publisher's web site that should contain the full text of the publication if UC (systemwide or your home campus) subscribes to the electronic version of the publication.

When a publication is not available online: The UC-eLinks window will offer other options such as the ability to check campus library holdings in the Melvyl Catalog (and where you can sometimes find that items ARE available online), or to Request the item via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if UC (systemwide or your home campus) does not subscribe to the electronic version of the publication.

BASIC Libraries at UC

Education Psychology Library - 2600 Tolman Hall. 
Circulation: (510) 642-4209. Reference: (510) 642-2475

Social Welfare Library - 227 Haviland Hall.
Circulation and Reference: (510) 642-4432

DOE Library- Central Campus
Circulation: (510) 643-4331. Reference: (510)-642-6657

Bioscience Library - 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building # 6500.
Circulation: (510) 642-2531. Reference:  (510) 642-0456

Public Health Library - 1 University Hall, #7360
Circulation and Reference: (510) 642-2511

Connecting from Off Campus?

You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods. (NOTE: Using EndNote? Use VPN, not the Proxy Server)

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

Google Scholar and UC e-links

  1. Set up your proxy server access by following the directions at When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password.
  2. Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the link next to the search box. 
  3. In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”
  4. Check box next to "University of California Berkeley - UC-eLinks
  5. Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page

Citation Help

Citation Management.
Three citation management tools widely used at UC Berkeley are RefWorks, Endnote, and Zotero.  Each organizes citations and produces quick and easy bibliographies in many citation styles, including APA 6th.  Learn about other citation and writing tools on the EDP Library's Citation Management webpage.

RefWorks is free for UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff. From many of UC’s databases, importing citations is seamless and easy.  Create correctly cited bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations.  New users can sign up at RefWorks.  Find tutorials and tips for using RefWorks on the EDP Library webpage.

Zotero is a free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser.  Sign up and view this tool at

EndNote is software that must be purchased.  It’s available from UC Berkeley’s Software Central.  Find tutorals and tips for using EndNote via the Library webpage.

APA Style
Use the APA Publication Manual 6th edition in the EDP Library. The Manual is not available online.  For additional help with APA style, see Citation Management.

Widely cited journals and articles.
ISI Web of Knowledge - Social science citation index provides a "Cited Reference Search" feature which can be searched by cited author, work or year.  The ISI database provides "cited by" information on its search results page.  ISI's Journal Citation Reports will find a current list of most highly cited journals.   It should be noted, however, that ISI is evaluating a highly selective group of journal titles.  For example, only 130 education titles, 36 special education titles, and 49 educational psychology titles, a relatively small selection given the large number of journals published in education.  See the journal list at ISI WOS for specific titles. 

Google Scholar also provides on their initial search results screen a “cited by” link with the total number of citations.  PsycInfo, via Proquest, provides "cited by" references for some of its articles.

Psychology Search Tips

Power search features for most article databases:
  • Use synonyms -- there are many ways to express a concept (teenager or teen or adolescent)
  • Use truncation, with the use of an asterisk (*), to get different forms of the word, for example teenage* will retrieve teenagers, teenager, teenaged, etc.
  • Plural and singular forms of a keyword can produce different results.
  • Use quotation marks when you want an "exact phrase."  Some search engines also accept parentheses (  ) to isolate an "exact phrase." 
  • Use other limiters such as "date" -- most will let you find results for a certain time period.

Advanced Searches:
Every discipline, including Psychology, has a vocabulary that is unique and not commonly in our everyday language.  In a discipline-specific database, like PsycInfo or PubMed, these vocabularies are called "controlled vocabularies." They may also be referred to as descriptors or subject headings.

In PsycInfo, the  Thesaurus is a very powerful tool. It helps you identify articles that are about a topic, not just that have the word in the abstract. For example, if you are looking for the cause of a certain psychological problem, the descriptor "etiology" finds material that looks at causality.  The Thesaurus also helps you identify the "official" term for a particular psychological disorder, such as "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" for "ADHD" or "ADD."
Other search engine features in PsycInfo are also helpful.  Here are some suggestions:
  • Use the special "limits" or "fields" that the database offers. They really do help you make a more focused and powerful search. PsycInfo lets you use many helpful limits including:
  • Methodology-- are you interested in literature reviews? Empirical studies? Clinical trials? Quantitative or qualitative studies?
  • Population -- do you want research based on humans? Males vs. females?
  • Age of subjects -- adolescents? children? old people?
  • Publication type -- do you want articles? dissertations? books?
In PubMed, use the MESH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus to:

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