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.
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.
Browse Databases in Library Search for a complete list of subject specific databases.
Consult the Finding Tests & Measurement Instruments research guide for complete information.
We have multiple article databases produced by the American Psychological Association:
Pro Tip: Search multiple APA databases simultaneously by clicking the "Choose Databases" link above the search box to select multiple databases.
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.
Pro Tip: Different databases use different thesarui. Be sure to adjust your subject terms depending on where you are searching.
Use the MGet It links in PsycINFO and other databases to connect to the online full text of articles.
Already have a citation? Use the MGet It Citation Linker.
If the library does not own the journal you need, submit a document delivery request for the article.
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.
Here are several psychology & neuroscience journals with the highest "impact factor," according to ISI's Journal Citation Reports.
For more information on journal rankings: