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Essential resources for reseach in the field of psychology and related disciplines
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Key Databases in Psychology

  • PsycINFO  
    Premier database for articles in psychology. More than 3.7 million records, including peer-reviewed journals, books, and dissertations; indexed by subject experts at APA; updated weekly
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection  
    Indexes 575 full-text publications, including 550 peer-reviewed journals
  • Annual Review of Psychology
    Use AR to search for review articles within the field of psychology. Excellent resource for developing literature reviews.

Additional Databases with Psychology Content

  • Scopus  
    Comprehensive abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, Scopus supports research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields as well as in the arts and humanities.
  • MEDLINE (via Ebsco)  
  • PsycARTICLES  
    Complements PsycINFO; over 183,000 full-text articles from 102 journal titles; updated weekly.
  • ebrary Psychology and Social Work Collection  
    Collection of ebooks on psychology, sociology, and social work.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text  
    Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study

Databases -- Biomedicine, Pharmaceuticals, Health

  • Biological Abstracts  
    Collection of bibliographic references covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,000 journals internationally
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text  
    CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source for nursing and allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL.
  • Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy  
    The definitive reference on all aspects of the science and practice of pharmacy.

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