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Provides guidance on information resources and search strategies on conducting library research in psychology.

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About Journal Articles

Library databases (also known as "indexes") identify journal articles published on a particular topics. In addition to journal articles, many databases will also include records for book chapters, dissertations, and other reports. 

Best Bets: Top Databases for Journal Articles in Psychology

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More Databases with Psychology Content

Topics in Psychology may overlap with complementary areas of inquiry.

It may be useful to search within a multidisciplinary database/index, or other subject specific indexes.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Subject Specific Databases

Browse Databases in Library Search for a complete list of subject specific databases.

Tests & Measures

Consult the Finding Tests & Measurement Instruments research guide for complete information.

More about APA Psychology Databases

We have multiple article databases produced by the American Psychological Association:

  • The best place to start your research
  • PsycINFO is an indexing and abstracting database of over 2,000 journals, meaning that it provides robust indexing details (e.g., subject classifications) and article abstracts
    • Uses the PsycINFO Thesaurus
  • Links are provided to the full text (and it is seamlessly imported when available via PsycARTICLES), but the full text is not searched
    • Your search terms are those found in the article title, abstract, and details
  • It contains abstracts for all articles in PsycARTICLES, plus many, many more
  • PsycARTICLES is a full text database of over 100 journals published by the APA and affiliates
  • Use it if you want to search within the full text of articles

Special Content APA Databases

  • Repository of full-text psychological measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments
  • Includes citations to accompanying journal articles
  • Full text database of review articles for books and films

Pro Tip: Search multiple APA databases simultaneously by clicking the "Choose Databases" link above the search box to select multiple databases.

PsycINFO Thesaurus

The PsycINFO Thesaurus, or the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, is a list of controlled vocabulary terms. These terms function as authoritative subject classifications for psychological concepts.

The object is to simplify access – all related entries in the database can be located by using the right standardized term. Identifying the right subject terms used in the database can help to focus a search to find the articles that are the best fit for your research.

Learn more about the PsycINFO Thesaurus.

Pro Tip: Different databases use different thesarui. Be sure to adjust your subject terms depending on where you are searching.

Full text with MGet It

Use the MGet It links in PsycINFO and other databases to connect to the online full text of articles.

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Already have a citation? Use the MGet It MGet It.

Search for journals by title using Library Online Journals Search, or in the Library Catalog Search.

If the library does not own the journal you need, submit a document delivery request for the article.

Finding Literature Reviews

The following are journals that specialize in publishing literature reviews in the psychology field:

Note that some article databases provide filters to limit your search results to literature review articles. In PsycINFO, look for the Methodology filter; in PubMed, look for the Article Type filter.

Also consult reference books and encyclopedias to find articles that review the literature on a topic.

Top-ranked Psychology Journals

Here are several psychology & neuroscience journals with the highest "impact factor," according to ISI's Journal Citation Reports.

For more information on journal rankings: