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Psychology Research Guide: Death & Dying

A guide to resources for psychology

Research Project Presentation

  • Create an oral/visual presentation on one of the topics relating to death and dying below.
  • Use at least 4 sources & a variety of sources (combination of print, scholarly journal, reputable Internet).
  • Create a list of references in APA format with copies for the class.


Cultural/religious death rituals (Hindu, African tribes, Mexican)
Death in dreams
Death depicted in art
Death and war
Violent deaths
Death in fairy tales/nursery rhymes
Death depicted in media (TV, movies)
Death depicted in music
Death through disaster
Death of pets
Near death experiences
Death and film
The death penalty

Subject Headings

  • Death
  • Art
  • Music
  • Capital punishment
  • Mass media
  • Journalism
  • Social media
  • Motion pictures
  • Feature films
  • Documentary films
  • Television
  • Pets
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Near-death experiences
  • Dream interpretation
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Consciousness
  • Brain
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • False memory syndrome
  • Reincarnation
  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Ritual
  • Culture
  • Suicide
  • Suicide victims--family relationships
  • Violent deaths
  • Homicide
  • Disasters
  • Emotional trauma
  • Emotions
  • Fairy tales
  • Children's literature
  • Children's stories
  • Folklore
  • Resuscitation
  • Terminal care
  • Palliative treatment
  • Hospice care
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Bereavement
  • Grief
  • Emotions
  • Emotional responses
  • Widows
  • Widowers
  • Mourning customs
  • Emotions
  • Indians of North America
  • Crisis intervention

Useful sub-headings often found in subject headings are:

  • Psychological aspects
  • Social aspects
  • Physiological aspects
  • Social life and culture
  • Social conditions

Searching hints:

  • Information on ritual is often found under religion
  • Look for materials on religion for Native American tribes and African tribes

Dealth & Dying

Reference Sources on Death & Dying

Titles with a call number are on the shelf in the Reference Collection.

Finding Articles

The following research databases are recommended for this assignment:

Selected EBooks & Print Books

Eulogy books on reserve

Reference Sources on Research Topics

Borrow books from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Identify books to order from other libraries by looking at the bibliographies in books on your topic or by searching WorldCat by subject.

Complete the online form below to order a book from another library.