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Psychology: Databases

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Databases Explained

Databases are collections of resources such as journal articles and conference papers, and also sometimes book chapters and reports. If you are doing a literature search or systematic review they are a key resource to use.

 

Psychology Databases

To identify journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, etc. on a particular topic you need to use a database. The main database for Psychology is PsycINFO published by the APA. Multidisciplinary databases such as Scopus can also be very useful.

See a list of other databases:

Psychology Databases

Health Sciences Databases

See also this useful overview: What's the difference between PubMed, Medline and Embase?

How to Access Databases

It's very simple. You can access any of the Library's databases just by searching the Library Catalogue. Simply enter the name of the database in the search box and click on the database link in the search results. Remember to log in for full access.


Searching within a Database

When you are searching a database, you can access content by searching under:

  • subject heading or keyword
  • title
  • author
  • journal name

Getting to the full-text

There are two main kinds of database:

  • Bibliographic - they won't show you the full paper straight away, but you can often read an abstract and see the author details. You'll need to check using SFX  if the library has access to the journal article
  • Full text - will let you open and read the article directly from the list of results