Find Theories and Theorists

Use the library’s online databases to locate information on theorists and theories in your discipline.

Use Credo Reference to find long and short articles on theories and theorists. Note that not all articles may be suitable for citing in your papers (depending on length, depth, and breadth of the article), but you can get nice overviews of theorists and theories to help you better understand their philosophies, work, and research. EXAMPLE Credo article on Sigmund Freud.

Find academic articles by and about theorists in EBSCO databases: Education Source (formerly Education Research Complete), Business Source Complete, Psychology Collections

  1. Search by author by putting the author’s last name and first name into the search box. For example: Freud, Sigmund. Select AU Author from the dropdown menu and click the Search button. View example for an author search: Freud, Sigmund
  2. Search for articles about an author by putting the authors name in quotation marks in the search box. For example: “Sigmund Freud”. Then, click the Search button. View example for “Sigmund Freud”

Locate e-books or chapters in these databases:

TIP: Put names and theories in quotation marks in order to search for those words side-by-side (phrase searching). For example: “Erik Erikson” or “psychosocial development theory.”