Key subject collections
Most important databases for all of Psychology = ★
Journal article and indexing/abstracting collections
- APA PsycARTICLES ★
Good for all psychology and related subjects. Small, entirely full-text database, containing 66 journals published by a small number of publishers, including the American Psychological Association. Includes articles going as far back as 1894.
- APA PsycINFO ★
Good for all psychology and related subjects and good as a starting point for literature searching. Compiled and produced by the American Psychological Association. A mix of full-text and abstracts. Content spans 1887-present.
- APA PsycTESTS ★
Good for finding psychological test instruments. Primarily unpublished tests (not available commercially). Content includes test descriptions and links to related literature describing test development, use or review. In many cases the actual test instruments are available.
- Business Source Complete
Good for business psychology and occupational psychology. A mix of full-text and abstracts.
- Communication & Mass Media Complete
Good for many areas of psychology, and particularly psychology in relation to language, learning, advertising and marketing, and related fields. Primarily abstracts, but some links to full-text.
- The Cochrane Library
Good for health psychology, in particular for finding systematic reviews. A mix of full-text and abstracts.
- Emerald Insight
Good for Occupational Psychology and Business case studies. A mix of full-text and abstracts.
Good for health psychology. Publicly available medical database from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Abstracts only, but links to free full-text versions where available.
- Science Direct
Publisher Elsevier’s database, with content from Elsevier and Elsevier’s imprints and society partners. A mix of full-text and abstracts, much full-text.
- Social Care Online
Useful for counselling, health psychology and social psychology. Abstracts of social work and social care literature, including central and local government reports and publications of voluntary organisations.
- Sociology Source Ultimate
A collection of peer-reviewed full-text journals on all aspects of social behaviour and interaction. Great for finding articles on social psychology topics.
- SPORT discus
Covers all aspects of sport including sport and exercise psychology, with many articles on health psychology-related topics. Abstracts only.
- TRIP ★
This is actually a medical search engine with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine (EBM) and clinical guidelines and queries, rather than a database, but is a key subscribed resource. It is particularly useful for finding sources on health psychology topics.
- Web of Science
Major science resource. A collection of citation databases (not full-text) citing international scholarly literature world-wide.
- Westlaw UK
Useful for forensic and occupational psychology. Includes case law back to 1865, legislation and law journal archives. Many full-text articles available.
- Wiley Online Library
Publisher Wiley’s database, including psychology literature, with some full-text. Content from Wiley and Blackwell Science publications only.
- BoB National: Box of Broadcasts
Watch, or choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels.
- Credo Reference
Online full-text access to dictionaries, encyclopaedias and handbooks in a range of subject areas, including psychology subjects.
Online statistics portal providing access to data from market and opinion research institutions, as well as from business organisations and government institutions. Coverage includes Europe (with focus on the UK), the United States and China.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I find psychological tests/questionnaires/measures?
- Try searching within APA PsycTESTS to find a suitable test for your research.
I’ve tried PsycTESTS and I still can’t find the test I need. Where else should I look?
Try the following two web pages.
- The American Psychological Association gives advice on finding published and unpublished test instruments.
- The second is a list of test instruments available at Senate House Library.