Psychology subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Library subscribed databases for Psychology

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British Education Index British educational literature 1975-
Child development and adolescent studies From EBSCO, this database provides an interface to full-text collections and bibliographic databases.
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Index of the top nursing and allied health literature, including journals, books and standards of practice
EBSCOHost Search interface to several full-text collections and bibliographic databases. You can cross search multiple indexes and collections at the same time. The most appropriate collections are:
  • PsycINFO (psychology - including clinical and health psychology, psychiatry and counselling literature, includes full-text of the PsycARTICLES collection)
  • Academic Search Complete (multidisciplinary full-text journal collection)
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts (index to literature in the field of criminology)
  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology (index specific to the discipline of aging)
Academic Search Complete
(from EBSCO)
Full text for many journal articles covering social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals, plus indexes and abstracts
ERIC Database Abstracts to documents and journal articles covering all aspects of education research and practice from 1966-
Education Abstracts From EBSCO, this database provides an interface to full-text collections and bibliographic databases.
Educational Administration Abstracts From EBSCO, this database provides an interface to full-text collections and bibliographic databases.
Google Scholar (Kent link) Multidisciplinary coverage of a wide range of materials indexed (including research reports and grey literature). Use it in addition to (rather than instead of) the other academic databases on this list
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) Covers the social sciences and related subjects, indexing bibliographic records for articles, books, chapters and reviews, from 1951-
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (from ProQuest) Abstracts and indexes for the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences, covering all aspects of the study of language

Database of psychological literature from 1887 to the present. It indexes more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals, as well as other publications relevant to psychology.
SCOPUS Large and important abstract and citation database. It provides extensive cover of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature
Web of Science and ISI Proceedings (part of Web of Knowledge) Select "Social Sciences Science Citation Index" as your search option. The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index of journal articles published in over 5,700 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. ISI Proceedings indexes papers published in scientific conference proceedings.
Zetoc Current awareness service of searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.

You can personalise this service using Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.

Free databases for Psychology

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Autism Data Index of over 17,000 journal articles, books and research papers in the subject area of autism and Aspergers syndrome. From the National Autistic Society.
Cogprints (Psychology) Covers psychology, neuroscience, computer science, linguistics and philosophy
PEP-Web Search Searchable bibliography of psychoanalytic journal articles, books, and book reviews. It is free to search for article details and abstracts. We do not subscribe to the full-text content.
Research Evidence (from the Research in Practice site) Database of reviews and summaries of research related to the broad category of children and families
Social Care Online Information and literature on social and community care. It indexes abstracts of books, central and local government reports, research papers, publications of voluntary organisations, and articles from a wide range of journal titles. Like the NHS' National Library for Health, it contains pointers to other resources in support of best practice and professional development
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Open access repository of journal and gray literature (reports, working papers, etc). Free access, although registration (which is free) is required to access all features.

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