Brain & Cognitive Sciences

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 Articles & Books searches much of the library's content in a single search. Search settings can be changed on the results page. To limit to just scholarly articles, check the box for "Scholarly/peer-reviewed articles" in the upper left of search results.




The following databases focus on specific subject areas of interest to Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Some may use specialized terminology or offer advanced features not available in more comprehensive search tools, but they will identify only a subset of content that is available.

  • 6857
    Web of Science Via ISI Web of Science 1898 - current
    Identifies research articles in all subjects, many with links to full text. It also identifies cited authors and cited works.
  • 6674
    PsycINFO Via Ovid 1969 - current
    Identifies articles, books and dissertations in psychology and related subjects. PsycINFO (historical) identifies older items (1806-1969), but with fewer, non-standard subject terms, so keyword searching is recommended in the historical segment.
  • 6644
    Medline - PubMed 1950 - current
    Identifies articles in medicine, biomedicine, neuroscience, psychology and related disciplines, with many links to full text.
  • 6641
    Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts - LLBA Via ProQuest 1973 - current
    Identifies articles, books and technical reports in the study of languages and linguistics, including language development and sign language. Includes some links to full text.
  • 6606
    Biological Sciences Via ProQuest 1982 - current
    Identifies research articles, books, papers and patents in biomedicine, biotechnology, neurosciences and zoology. Some links to full text.
  • 6703
    Zoological Record Plus Via ISI Web of Knowledge 1978 - current
    Identifies articles, books and papers in zoology, with some links to full text.
  • 34306
    Sage Research Methods Varies
    Links research methods tools with content to help you design research projects across the social sciences.
  • 6936
    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full-Text Via ProQuest 1861 - current
    Identifies U.S. and Canadian dissertations, with abstracts beginning in 1980. Many link to the full text.
  • 6659
    ProQuest Research Via ProQuest Varies
    Identifies articles on all topics, many with links to full text.

See Databases for a complete list of library databases. The Browse by Subject section has more database recommendations for Brain & Cognitive Sciences, as well as recommendations for Psychology, Linguistics, Sign Language & Deaf Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Biology, Optics and other disciplines. 




Search Articles & Books or the UR Catalog to find books in the University of Rochester Libraries and online.

Articles & Books searches much of the library's content in a single search. Search settings can be changed on the results page. To limit to just books, check the box for "Book/eBook" on the left of search results. To further limit to just ebooks, also check the box for "Items with full text online."

UR Catalog searches also identify a variety of materials, not just books. Search results can be limited to books using the "Limit Your Search" pop-up.


To see recent additions to the collection, check out the New Titles page and select "Brain & Cognitive Sciences" as the subject.


E-books can be searched as a group in large collections, including

  • ebrary - Search inside thousands of e-books. Limited printing is available, and registration for additional features is optional.
  • SpringerLink has e-book collections for Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Sciences, and Computer Science.
  • Ebscohost eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary) - Search inside e-books from the 1980s and 1990s. Does not support printing.
  • Books24x7 - Hundreds of current books on computing and information technology. Does not support printing.



All journals are listed in the UR Catalog. Search by journal title or subject.


From the eJournals page, search/browse by title the subset of journals available online.


If you are looking for specific articles, use the Articles & Books search.


Reference Works
  • Cognitive Neurosciences (4th ed.)  Rhees Stacks  QP360.5 .N4986 2009
  • Cognitive Neurosciences  (3rd ed.) online in ebrary and Rhees Stacks QP360.5 .N4986 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science   Rhees Reference and Carlson Reference  BF311 .E53 2003
  • Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)  online in Wiley Online Library
  • Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)  online in ScienceDirect
  • Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences (2009)  online in Wiley Online Library
  • 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook  Rhees Reference BF131 .A15 2008
  • Historical Dictionary of Quotations in Cognitive Science  (2000) online in ebrary and Rhees Reference PN6084 .C545 H57 2000
  • Dictionary of Biological Psychology   Rhees Reference QP360 .D52 2001
  • Dictionary of Human Neuroanatomy   Carlson Reference QM451 .H57 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior  (2010)  online in ScienceDirect
  • MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders   (2003) online in ebrary and Rhees Reference RC423 .M56 2004
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (1940-present)   online in Ebsco and Rhees Stacks  BF431 .A1 B96m
  • Encyclopedia of Life Sciences   (1999-present) online in Wiley Online Library
  • Encyclopedia of Biometrics   (2009) online in SpringerLink
  • Encyclopedia of Semiotics   (1998) online in Oxford Digital Reference and Rhees Reference P99 .E64 1998
  • Glossary of Corpus Linguistics   (2006) online in ebrary
  • Oxford handbook of cognitive linguistics  (2007) online in ebrary
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  (2009-present) includes collections for linguistics and philosophy

    Literature Reviews
     Literature review articles provide an overview to an area of research, identify who is working in that area, and cite relevant published work.
    • Annual Review of Neuroscience (online 1978-current). Also available in print from 1980 to present   Carlson Stacks QP351 .A68
    • Annual Review of Psychology (online 1950-current). Also available in print from 1950 to present   Rhees Stacks BF1 .A615, with the latest edition in Rhees Reference
    • PubMed (online 1950-current) includes review articles in search results. Use the link to the right of search results to display only review articles.


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    Library Locations & Maps

    These University of Rochester Libraries house materials useful for research in Brain & Cognitive Sciences.


  • Rush Rhees Library - floor mapstack guide - psychology, education, linguistics, other social sciences and humanities
  • Art & Music Library in Rush Rhees - floor map - art, music, DVDs, CDs, and language tapes
  • Carlson Library - floor layout - science and engineering, biology, neuroscience and computer science
  • Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library in Bausch & Lomb Hall - physics and optics, including instrumentation
  • Sibley Music Library at Eastman School of Music - music cognition, acoustics in music
  • Edward G. Miner Medical Library at the UR Medical Center- first floor map - medicine, health, audition, neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry

    Citation Linker

    If you have a citation (journal title, year, volume, issue, etc.) to an article, Citation Linker will check to see if the library has it online. Enter as much of the citation as you have. If nothing is found, try again after removing page numbers and dates.


    Even easier, try searching the article title and author last name using the Articles & Books tab.


    Managing What You Find

    To keep up with references and appropriately cite them in papers and bibliographies, consider any of these tools. Each will copy article, book and other citations from databases into a single location that you can manage. Style options include CSE, APA, MLA, Chicago and many others.

    • RefWorks - Store your references on the Internet (so you can access them from anywhere), insert citations while you write your paper, and easily format your bibliography. Brief tutorials are available on RefWorks' website.
      Create your own RefWorks account by clicking "Sign up for an Individual Account." 
    • EndNote - Export and format references from databases and store them on your own computer.
      Download the EndNote software - Free download requires login with NetID and password.
    • Zotero - A free Firefox extension with many of the same features as RefWorks and EndNote, plus other features you might find useful.


    Writing & Style Guides
    • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. (2010)   Rhees Reference BF76.7 P83 2010, also Rhees Reserves - Online, see supplemental materials and a brief tutorial, The Basics of APA Style, at APA's website.
    • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers 7th ed. (2006)   Rhees Reference T11 .S386 2006 and Carlson Reference - See examples of CSE Style at Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online.
    • Writing & Citing provides more helpful links.



    Access via Mobile Devices
     A mobile version of the River Campus Libraries website is accessible using Internet-enabled cell phones or other mobile devices.


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    Subject Guides
    Library Subject Guides

    In addition to this guide, related guides include

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Optics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sign Language & Deaf Studies
  • Translation Studies

    Departments, Centers & Programs at UR
  • American Sign Language
  • Biology
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Center for Computation and the Brain
  • Center for Language Sciences
  • Center for Visual Science
  • Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Music & Sound Initiative
  • Neurobiology & Anatomy
  • Neuroscience Programs - Undergraduate & Graduate
  • Philosophy
  • Rochester Center for Brain Imaging

    Organizations & Societies
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Social & Affective Neuroscience Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Scholarly Societies Project identifies societies and provides links to home pages. See society lists for Neurosciences and Psychiatry and Psychology.

  • Neurosciences on the Internet - Best Bets
  • CogPrints: Cognitive Sciences Eprint Archive offers full-text, scholarly articles and research papers in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy and biology.
  • Computational Neuroscience Web Databases
  • The Whole Brain Atlas offers neuroimagery of normal and diseased brains.
  • Vision Science covers research in human and animal vision.
  • iLoveLanguages  includes a section for Linguistics resources.
  • Linguistics, Natural Languages and Computational Linguistics Meta-Index

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