General Resources for Students and Faculty

Some of the most inventive computer-based and online resources have been developed specifically to support the teaching and learning of psychology. This chapter covers mailing lists in which psychology students around the world congregate, software for the introductory psychology course, online resources for high school psychology faculty, an extremely active mailing list for psychology faculty, and many other items. The element that links the entries in this group is that they are all primarily for the education environment, rather than for specialized disciplines or practitioners. More specialized resources, which will also be of interest to faculty and students, are found in later chapters.



Addresses of Note
MegaPsych Home Page
http://members.gnn.com/user/megapsych.htm

ftp://premier.tulsa.cc.ok.us/pub/psych/aon.txt

John W. Nichols at Tulsa Junior College in Oklahoma has compiled an extensive and valuable list of Internet resources for psychology students and faculty, including mailing lists, newsgroups, gopher sites, ftp sites, telnet sites, and Web pages. Addresses of Note is available through the Web at the listed address, or you can obtain the ASCII file (aon.txt) via anonymous ftp at premier.tulsa.cc.ok.us in the psych directory. This directory also includes update.txt, a list of new addresses added since the last full version was released. As John puts it, don't kill another tree to print out the whole list again.


Annenberg/CPB Projects
http://www.learner.org/

The home Web site of the Annenberg/CPB Projects offers access to information about their course materials, distance learning resources, multimedia catalogs, research reports, and guidelines for faculty interested in submitting grant applications. The Annenberg/CPB Projects have sponsored the development of many psychology-related materials, such as the telecourses called Discovering Psychology, The World of Abnormal Psychology, The Brain, Growing Old in a New Age, Seasons of Life, and also the CD-ROM called BioQUEST.


APSSCNET
Send e-mail to:
LISTSERV@CMUVM.CSV.CMICH.EDU
Put in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE APSSCNET Yourname

The American Psychological Society Student Council discussion group, moderated by Kimberly Delemos at McGill University in Canada, offers a LISTSERV forum for conversations about scholarships, educational opportunities, and research issues for students in academic psychology programs.


Computer Programs for Experimental Psychology, Level 1 and 2
Life Science Associates
One Fenimore Road
Bayport, NY 11705-2115
(516) 472-2111
franklsa@aol.com

This suite of programs for DOS or Apple includes demonstrations and simulations on topics such as visual illusions, reaction time, verbal learning, operant conditioning, maze learning, signal detection, auditory frequency difference thresholds, and others. The programs allow the users to manipulate various parameters and record their data for later feedback and analysis. The Level 2 group of programs require specialized hardware available through Life Science Associates that permit the computer to function as an event recorder, cumulative recorder, response time analyzer and plotter, mirror tracing device, or other typical experimental psychology lab tools. The company is updating and revising the programs to run under Windows.


CTI Centre for Psychology
http://ctipsych.york.ac.uk/inst/ctipsych/

CTI-PSYCHOLOGY
Send e-mail to:
MAILBASE@MAILBASE.AC.UK
Put in the body of the message:
JOIN CTI-PSYCHOLOGY Yourname

The CTI Centre for Psychology is supported by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils and focuses on the use of computers within the teaching of psychology. Their Web site offers a variety of resources to psychology students, including a list of software with descriptions and purchasing information. Software is sorted by topical category and ranges from the free software provided to faculty who adopt certain texts, to the expensive bibliographic CD-ROMs. Many of the entries list United Kingdom sources and pricing for the software since this is a UK-based server.
CTI also operates a mailing list through Mailbase, targeted to psychology lecturers using educational technology. The list sends out relevant information from the CTI Centre for Psychology and circulates questions from participants to psychology departments in the United Kingdom. CTI-PSYCHOLOGY is a sublist of the Mailbase superlist CTI-ALL and subscribers will automatically receive general postings from the superlist.


Current Awareness
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/Crrntawrnss.form.html

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction offers online access to Current Awareness, a bibliography of scholarly research in education, updated monthly.


Discovering Psychology
Life Science Associates
One Fenimore Road
Bayport, NY 11705-2115
(516) 472-2111
franklsa@aol.com

A variety of demonstrations and experiments suitable for introductory psychology are included in this set of programs for DOS or Apple, which can be purchased as a package for $450 (Apple) or $495 (DOS) or individually for $40-50. Topics covered include problem-solving, Stroop effects, memory techniques, reinforcement schedules, consumer behavior, psychotherapy, Piaget's cognitive operations, concept formation, and others. Windows versions are under development.


Division on the Teaching of Psychology: Division Two - American Psychological Association
http://mulerider.saumag.edu/psych/aaproj/d2homepage

Division Two supports psychologists in academic institutions from secondary through graduate level and promotes excellence in teaching. Its Web site includes announcements of conferences on teaching, links to databases posting academic position vacancies, directories of members, and links to other resources on Internet sorted by topical areas such as General Psychology, History of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Behavior Analysis. The list itself comes from the book by Edward Kardas and Thomas Milford called Using the Internet for Social Science Research and Practice. They also offer a service by which site visitors can post information about new psychology-related Web sites so the list can be maintained.


ELIZA
http://www-ai.ijs.si/eliza/eliza.html
Also available via anonymous ftp to:
ftp://eecs.nwu.edu/pub/eliza/

The software designed to emulate a Rogerian counselor called Eliza has been around for many years in a number of different forms, and she has emerged in a Web version at a site sponsored by the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. She asks you about your problems and uses your typed input to phrase her replies and ask for further information. This version will amuse students by the way she tactfully changes the subject when the program can't parse or evaluate the typed responses. Eliza is also available as a text-based DOS program from the ftp site referenced.


Experiments in Perception: Evolution of a Software Program


Walter Beagley, chair of the psychology department at Alma College in Michigan, was intrigued by some of his students' class projects on perception and decided to write software to entice them to design their own experiments. He started out on a DEC host computer with a program that allowed students to manipulate drawings to prepare visual stimuli, using posters in the lab to help them learn how to use the program. However, he quickly appreciated the advantages of the Macintosh with its pull down help menus and easy-to-use graphic interface. He quotes Victor Hugo who said, "This kills that," and recognized early that the microcomputer was the fleet-footed mammal scampering around the stodgy legs of the lumbering mainframe and minicomputer dinosaurs -- at least for this kind of work. At the time, he wasn't sure whether Macintosh or Windows would be the winner in the microcomputer race and decided to write versions of his software, called Eye Lines, for both. Keeping up with changes in the computer industry is a constant problem for those who develop psychology-related software. After all, Wally is a psychology professor first and software developer second. However, it is often people like him, who know the most about what software really works to encourage student learning, producing the best products. The program became publicly available in 1991 and is now used at colleges and universities in nine countries.


Experimental Psychology Data Simulation-Win
by J. Eckblad
Oakleaf Systems
PO Box 472
Decorah, Iowa 52101
(319) 382-4320

Relationships identified in psychological literature, particularly Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, are simulated in this software (Windows, DOS and Apple/Macintosh). Examples include optical patterns and depth perception, visual perception of lifted weight, sweetness of sugar mixtures, and size perception by children. Students or instructors can set up the experimental situation and specify the dependent variable, sample sizes, and other parameters. Twenty-five different simulations are available in experimental psychology, and the company also offers simulations in the area of animal behavior (e.g., male size and harem size in pinnipeds; discrimination reversal learning in fish and rats; maze learning curve for rats and ants). Simulations are $69.95 each for the first copy and $15 for additional copies; network versions and site licenses are available.


Eye Lines
by Walter Beagley
Department of Psychology
Alma College
Alma, MI 48801
(517) 463-7267
beagley@alma.edu

This program available in DOS and Macintosh versions provides a number of simulations and interactive exercises appropriate for introductory psychology or more advanced courses. It includes mirror tracing, memory exercises, rotary pursuit, a variety of visual illusions, and handwriting analysis. The experimenter can manipulate several of the variables such as the speed or distortion in the mirror tracing task. The graphical interface takes advantage of the mouse, even with the DOS version. A six-copy license is $99.


InfoList (mailing list)
Send e-mail to: majordomo@gsn.org
Put in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE INFOLIST

InfoList (Web site)
http://electriciti.com/~rlakin

InfoList, owned by Rick Lakin (rlakin@ucsd.edu) is hosted by the Global SchoolNet Foundation (http://www.gsn.org/). It is a moderated list designed to filter items on USENET groups, WWW pages, mailing lists, and other Internet resources and forward them to the list so they will be made available to those interested in the use of technology and the Internet in education. If this succeeds, it will serve as a clearinghouse so educators interested in this topic won't have to subscribe to so many other services. Many of the entries in the InfoList mailing list are added to the Web site.


Institute for Academic Technology (IAT)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://www.iat.unc.edu/

IAT offers a variety of resources for teachers interested in incorporating technology into their curriculum, including workshops and seminars, satellite broadcasts on subjects such as multimedia development and virtual reality, discussions on distance education, and a library of technology resources for teachers. The institute is not specifically targeted to psychology, but there are many useful materials here.


Listing of U.S. Psychology Ph.D. Programs
http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/psyc260/ranking.htm

This site ranks 185 psychology Ph.D. programs in the United States according to the results of a 1995 study conducted by the National Research Council, which emphasized overall quality. The list includes hyperlinks to the institutions' home pages if available.


MacLaboratory for Psychology: Research, 3.0
Brooks/Cole Publishing Company
511 Forest Lodge Road
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(408) 373-0728

This Macintosh CD-ROM includes an impressive and feature-rich array of simulations, exercises, and tools to provide a platform for students to design and conduct their own research in areas such as sensation and perception, motor skills, cognition, learning, social psychology, and biological psychology. The program, created by Douglas L. Chute, emphasizes the use of the Macintosh computer as an experimental apparatus to help students learn the processes and critical thinking underlying psychological research. The detailed student manual leads students through the process of designing experiments in areas such as extrasensory perception, motor learning (mirror tracing task), hemispheric specialization, memory span, and operant conditioning using Sniffy (described in chapter 5). The program ($300) also includes authoring tools for designing new experiments and stimuli.


MEL Lab: Experiments in Perception, Cognition, Social Psychology, and Human Factors
Psychology Software Tools
2014 Monongahela Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 271-5040
http://www.pstnet.com/

Psychology Software Tools provides a package for about $20 that includes a student textbook and DOS software with 28 classic experiments dealing with subjects such as the blind spot, serial position effect, short-term memory, prisoner's dilemma, and impression formation. Students run the experiments with themselves as subjects and see graphs of their own data. Instructor software is also available (free with the purchase of 20 student copies) that allows merging of individual student data files into a single file for the class, and the data can be exported to other statistical packages for further analysis.


Projected Learning Programs, Inc.
PO Box 3008
Paradise, CA 95967-3008
(800) 248-0757

The company offers a science and math catalog featuring a wide range of software and video resources for teachers, most of which are for K-12 or introductory college level. A few might be of interest to psychology teachers, such as the multimedia CD-ROM on Mendel's Principles of Heredity (PC and Macintosh) and other CD-ROMs on genetics, evolution, and animal behavior.


PSYCGRAD Web Page
http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~neilands/psycgrad/

PSYCGRAD
Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@ACADVM1.UOTTAWA.CA
Put in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE PSYCGRAD Yourname
(Mirrored in the USENET newsgroup bit.listserv.psycgrad)

The PSYCGRAD Project is a group of resources directed to graduate students in psychology, which promotes communications, offers an electronic platform for publishing articles, and provides an electronic gateway to the many Internet-based resources in psychology. It is a well-established forum with hundreds of participants in countries all over the world.
The Web site provides instructions and usage guidelines on the mailing list and newsgroup options and also explains how to subscribe and submit articles to the electronic publication, The Psychology Graduate Student Journal.
The project is directed toward a specific group, and although other interested parties are welcome to read the materials, only graduate students in psychology programs are encouraged to participate. The discussion forum is not intended to be a general purpose conversation about psychological issues. Be sure to read their mission statement (on the Web or gopher site), which contains posting and participation guidelines.


PsychLab
Queue
338 Commerce Drive
Fairfield, CT 06432
(800) 232-2224

Queue distributes a variety of educational software products in subjects from early reading to English as a second language. Some have relevance to psychology teachers and students in high school or introductory college courses, particularly those from HRM Software. Examples include PsychLab (Apple), which consists of a series of experiments in perception, memory, and learning; Experiments in Human Physiology (Apple); The Body Electric (Apple or DOS); Teenage Stress Profile (DOS), and Biofeedback Microlab (DOS).


PSYCH-NEWS
Send e-mail to:
LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Put in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE PSYCH-NEWS Your e-mail address Yourname

PSYCH-NEWS is a very active and useful discussion group primarily for teachers of psychology at the high school level. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the list is hosted by University of Houston. Discussions include teaching strategies, curriculum, advanced placement, textbooks, and grading. Many university and college faculty also belong to PSYCH-NEWS, and much information is shared between this list and TIPS.


Psychology, an Introduction
by Martyn Long
40, Lynn Road
Gaywood, Kings Lynn
Norfolk PE30 4PX United Kingdom

This DOS freeware program from educational psychologist Martyn Long is a hypertext introduction to psychology written in the shareware authoring tool called Hypershell. It includes a rich assortment of linked material covering most of the core concepts for an introductory course. The graphic, mouse driven interface is very easy to use, and the program has several interactive simulations on topics such as reaction time, ESP, body image, and memory. Psychology Version 3.0 also offers a search facility to find topics quickly, graphics to illustrate concepts, and a text editor to jot down notes. The author includes a paragraph describing why he wrote this program, with a hypertext link to the topic of intrinsic motivation.


Interactive Tutorials on the Web


John Krantz, in the psychology department at Hanover College in Indiana, began writing tutorials for the Web because he was intrigued by the interactive nature of the medium. Unlike printed tutorials, the Web can use hypertext, clickable image maps, multimedia, and many other features that bring psychology tutorials to life. With new programming tools for the Web emerging at blinding speed, the possibilities are endless.
His tutorials for students (http://psych.hanover.edu/Krantz/tutor.html) emphasize sensation and perception, a natural subject for an experimental psychologist who teaches these subjects. As he recruits people to contribute tutorials in other areas, he can expand the experiences of his students and enhance his own teaching expertise. The Internet opens up doors for everyone, but it's especially useful for those in small schools who have no colleagues in the same subject area.
John's two main problems are accessibility and time. Many students still don't have easy access to the Web, particularly from their dorm rooms or homes where his tutorials would be most useful. Time, or lack thereof, is a problem common to everyone who develops online and computer-based resources. He started a tutorial on neuroscience during Christmas break but when the spring semester started his project left off in mid-sentence. Maybe next summer. . .


Psychology on a Disk
CMS Software
Box 5777
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5777

Available in DOS or Macintosh formats for $13.50, Psychology on a Disk is a suite of 13 interactive programs for introductory psychology students. It includes simulations and experiments on topics such as the horizontal-vertical illusion, guilt detection (using a word association task), a shaping simulation, short-term memory, cognition in recall, a word game to demonstrate the AHA! insight phenomenon, the generic personality evaluation "test" with feedback to demonstrate the pitfalls of palm readers and horoscopes, a social decision-making task, and a variety of other innovative exercises suitable for the introductory psychology course. The software does not have the glitter of modern Windows programs but the exercises are student-oriented and several are unusually clever; they will intrigue and motivate the intro psych student. In the guilt detection task, for example, students find themselves guilty of a believable crime involving the theft of a purse from a college office and then are asked to take a word association test, which they think they can beat. The results may surprise them because of the way the data are collected. The program debriefs after each experiment, asking students to identify flaws in the design or ways to modify the experimental procedures. An instructor's manual is available and the program includes facilities for collecting student progress data for submission to instructors.


Psychology: The Active Learner CD-ROM
Jane Halonen, Marilyn Reedy, and Paul Smith
Brown and Benchmark Publishers
25 Kessel Court
Madison, WI 53711
(800) 338-5371

The CD-ROM for Windows or Macintosh computers offers interactive exercises and critical thinking problems primarily for the introductory psychology course, covering all the core topics such as research methods, sensation and perception, consciousness, social psychology, and diversity. One exercise involves participating in a formal work group to improve the quality of the work environment.


Psychology Tutorials
http://psych.hanover.edu/Krantz/tutor.html

John H. Krantz of Hanover College offers students access to a number of very intriguing tutorials written by many different people to help with their study of psychology. Examples include Auditory Perception by Norma Welch of McGill University, Basic Neural Functioning by John Krantz, How We Perceive Sound by the Franklin Science Museum, and the Illusions Gallery contributed by David Landrigan of University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The collection of tutorials for sensation and perception are the highlight of this site, though tutorials in other areas are starting to appear. Some of the tutorials require advanced browser capabilities.


PsychSim
Thomas E. Ludwig
Worth Publishers
33 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
(800) 321-9299

PsychSim, available for under $20 in DOS, Windows, and Macintosh formats, provides computer-based tutorials in 16 subject areas of general psychology, especially suited to the introductory psychology course. Topics include neural messages, classical conditioning, maze learning, iconic memory, visual illusions, social decision making, cognitive development, and others. Some of the tutorials include simulations and games to help psychology students understand and experience fundamental psychological principles, such as the characteristics of iconic memory as demonstrated by the classic Sperling experiments. (Be warned that this simulation may run too fast on modern processors, and thus result in strange data.) Other simulations explore the variables affecting social decision making, the learning curves in maze experiments, and the power of two-dimensional cues used in judging aspects of visual space as demonstrated by the Poggendorf and Ponzo illusions. The package comes with a brief student workbook and the publisher provides the programs free or at reduced cost to faculty who adopt their texts for classes.


PSYCHTALK
Send e-mail to:
LISTSERV@FRE.FSU.UMD.EDU
Put in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE PSYCHTALK Yourname

This list is a primary one for psychology students, especially undergraduates. It includes members from around the world and covers topics such as stress, sleepwalking, grades, graduate schools, ideas for term papers and research, and many other topics. Faculty can join but the list is mainly for students.


Psych Web by Russ Dewey
http://www.gasou.edu/psychweb/psychweb.htm

Russell Dewey of the Psychology Department at Georgia Southern University created and maintains this megasite of psychology resources for students and teachers of psychology and hyperlinks to it exist on many of the other psychology-related lists. The site offers a collection of tip sheets for psychology students, some written for students at Georgia Southern and others contributed by faculty at different universities. Examples include an APA style crib sheet, advice on applying to graduate programs, books on employment and careers for psychology majors, tips on writing a psychology research paper, and suggestions to graduate students in search of an advisor. He also added the quiz questions for his own students in introductory psychology, which might be helpful to students at other colleges and universities. Another service is called "discussion pages" where students can hold group discussions about psychology-related topics. Michael Nielson, also in the Psychology Department at Georgia Southern University, created and maintains a special section on the psychology of religion, and Dewey hopes to add more specialty items like this. Lists of links to other sites, with useful descriptions, abound on Psych Web. A page containing lists of commercial Web sites related to psychology (where they ask for money) is included, along with a rich assortment of links to the major and minor psychology-related noncommercial sites.


Putting the Web to Work for Undergraduates: Psych Web


Though the Internet started out as a tool for researchers in universities and government, it is now being put to work to help undergraduates obtain the material they need to succeed in their courses. The World Wide Web in particular makes Internet resources far more accessible, and Russ Dewey of Georgia Southern University was one of the first to experiment with Web applications specifically for psychology undergraduates. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, writing a dissertation on cognition and instruction, and he's been fascinated by the use of technology in teaching ever since he got his hands on his first computer and especially after he started exploring the Internet. He bugged his computer services department to put in a Web server and learned HTML on his own. Psych Web is loaded with original teaching and learning materials and hundreds of links to other resources, making it easy for students to explore. The main problem is that resources on the Web are developing so rapidly he just can't keep up with them all. With a new book coming out, Russ Dewey hopes to communicate with his readers through Psych Web.


PsychWorld II
by John C. Hay
McGraw-Hill, Inc.

PsychWorld II is an integrated set of older DOS programs to support teaching, testing, and record-keeping for an introductory psychology class. The software is dated 1991 and asks the user to put one of the diskettes into drive b, which is often nonexistent in many modern computers. Repeated attempts to make this software work on a modern computer running Windows resulted in failure though those with older computers may have less trouble.


Psytests
3, Glen Barr, South Pelaw
Chester-le-Street,
Co. Durham DH2 2JN
United Kingdom

Peter Mulligan of Monkwearmouth College developed these programs in Macintosh and IBM versions to help students assess their knowledge in several major areas of psychology including research methods and statistics, abnormal psychology, memory, perception, attention, Freudian theory, Piagetian theory, learning theory, and moral development. The multiple choice tests allow students to respond using multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, or by typing in their own sentences. Site license is 50 pounds for multiple machines or networks.


The Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier
http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/louis.html

Louis Schmier, a history professor at Valdosta State University in Georgia, maintains a voluminous collection of his essays about teaching, psychology, and student development. Teachers and others interested in educational psychology may want to explore this collection. Schmier is a frequent participant (and chronic cross-poster!) on mailing lists such as TIPS, OBTS-L, and other discussion forums targeted to teachers, contributing his "random thoughts" and inviting response. His postings are often quite long.


Recommended Popular Books on Psychology
by Charles G. Morris
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~tmorris/goodbook.html

Tony Morris of the University of Michigan has compiled a superb 20-page annotated list of engaging and readable books, mostly paperbacks, especially suitable for psychology students. They range from Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of Love to Philip Zimbardo's 1977 classic on shyness. The list is widely recommended by psychology teachers as an excellent source of materials for outside reading. It can be downloaded from the Web site.


Search by Video
http://www.searchbyvideo.com/

This site is a clearinghouse for college recruitment videos and contains a database of videos created by colleges, universities, and boarding schools to help students make an appropriate choice. The site was developed by Shelly Spiegel who became frustrated and confused while helping her younger brother find the right college.


StudentCenter
http://StudentCenter.com/

This site offers career-related information for students including data about thousands of companies, demographic data by state in the United States, and hints on resume preparation.


TIPS and the TIPSTERS


Anyone who teaches psychology, and anyone who likes to eavesdrop at the psychology faculty lounge, should know about the mailing list Teaching in the Psychological Sciences (TIPS). It was started by Bill Southerly of Frostburg State University in Maryland, whose doctorate from Purdue University is in child development and family studies. He has been fascinated by the potential of the Internet from the beginning. He had been actively participating on other mailing lists when it occurred to him that a group dedicated solely to the teaching of psychology would probably attract a large audience, particularly because it might help sustain that "professional high" psychology teachers feel after attending teaching-oriented sessions at professional meetings, From the beginning, he wanted to establish an environment in which people could comfortably disagree with one another without flaming, but in the early months, he had to take a strong stance because several participants just couldn't resist the temptation to express their own viewpoints by fire insulting others. Like many other mailing list moderators, Bill was accused of violating free speech but he stood his ground and insisted that the mailing list should maintain a professional tone. "Just as I wouldn't tolerate students in my class calling each other names when they disagree about a topic of discussion, I expect nothing less of my colleagues on TIPS."
The mature TIPS, now with well over 1,000 subscribers, rarely sees any flames thanks to the way Bill set the tone. Occasionally disputes arise about the appropriateness of various messages, though. One exchange, for example, involved a barrage of postings offering local weather reports. Though some complained the messages were irrelevant, others insisted that they liked hearing some personal remarks from their Internet colleagues.
Bill Southerly spends over an hour a day on TIPS-related issues, and his role in the group has shifted from active moderator to facilitator and technical consultant. He still reads every message, and he's there if you need him, though he is no "tekkie." I happen to know his dedicated and talented computer guru, Theresa Feck, and she has her hands full trying to keep that old VAX at Frostburg up and running to help TIPS stay on track. She and Bill get a POL-STAR for their efforts -- they recognize how much the community of psychology faculty have come to rely on them.


The Student Market
http://www.studentmkt.com/

Oren Milgram of San Jose State University decided the price of used textbooks would benefit from the Internet's economic scale and if students could organize and communicate, they could exchange used textbooks without the overhead of retail bookstores. The WWW was an obvious place for such an activity, so he designed a Web-based store for used textbooks, searchable by keyword, which attracted thousands of visitors in its first few months. You can register at this site to post your own books for sale or find books that you need for the upcoming semester. The site does not actually sell books, but it puts students with books to sell in contact with those who want to buy, mostly via e-mail. You make your own exchange arrangements. On my visit, the site had few psychology textbooks but the concept is so attractive that by the time you read this it will probably have a far greater selection.


The Student Survival Guide by Jack Pejsa
http://skypoint.com/subscribers/jackp/survive.html

Academic Systems Press allows access to this survival guide for college or college-bound students, with tips for time management, writing skills, and tutoring.


Teachers Of Psychology in the Secondary Schools
The TOPSS Web Page
http://spsp.clarion.edu/topss/topss.htm

The TOPSS home page is growing quickly, though many areas are still under construction. It includes teaching and curriculum resources, links to other related sites, and the e-mail directory created through the PsycList project started in 1993 to facilitate networking of people interested in teaching psychology at the high school level. The site has considerable information and support for psychology clubs, including ideas for projects.


TIPS
Send e-mail to:
LISTSERV@FRE.FSU.UMD.EDU
Put in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE TIPS Yourname

TIPS stands for "Teaching in the Psychological Sciences," and this is an important resource for teachers of psychology. It is also a draw for students who like to listen in on the conversations of professors. Managed by Bill Southerly of Frostburg State University, the very large group discusses textbooks, resources, classroom strategies, theories in psychology, upcoming conferences and many other subjects of interest to teachers of psychology. One exchange, for example, covered the issue of "double dipping," and whether students could turn in the same paper in different courses.


UG-PSYCHLIST
Send e-mail to:
UG-PSYCHLIST-REQUEST@PSY.UQ.OZ.AU
Put in the body of the message: SUBSCRIBE

The discussion forum is for undergraduate students whose major or minor is psychology, and topics include graduate school issues, undergraduate research, career options, internships, and anything else psychology undergrads like to discuss.


Student List Owner for a Student-Oriented List


Lisa Olson, a student from California studying at the University of Queensland in Australia, took over the job as list owner for UG-PSYCHLIST partly to enhance her resume. Although housed in Australia where the academic calendar runs from February to December, the list includes many U.S. students so activity is highest from September to June. Her pet peeves are the floods of irrelevant postings from people who don't read the instructions, and replies to single posts that include the entire text of the digest.
According to Lisa, an important role for a list like this is to give undergraduate psychology students a place to ask questions without the fear of being belittled by people who know more (or think they do). Although the list is open subscription, people who are not undergraduate students in psychology are politely asked to unsubscribe.


U.S. News and World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/fair/gpsych.htm

USNWR ranks the graduate schools in psychology at this Web site, including rankings for overall quality and also by specialty. The site includes a description of how the rankings are determined and shows the point scores for each institution. Only U.S. institutions are included.


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