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Databases to find Peer Reviewed Articles in Psychology
Search these databases to find articles on topics related to psychology. While some of these databases only contain peer-reviewed articles, in others, you will need to check a box to limit your search to peer-reviewed (also called scholarly) articles. I would also suggest looking at the full list of library databases if your topic is multidisciplinary. Some research projects might require searching in areas such as gender studies, gerontology, or communication studies, for which we have specific subject databases.
Start here if you are looking for scholarly (peer-reviewed) psychology articles. PsycINFO is the single most comprehensive psychology article collection. Full-text articles from PsycARTICLES are included here. View the PsycINFO handout [pdf].
Search EBSCOhost's Psychology Collection, Academic Search Premier, and MasterFile Premier at the same time. Topics in the Psychology Collection include emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
Google Scholar searches the web for scholarly articles, reports, books, and other materials. If using Google Scholar from a PCC campus, you can access full text articles. If PCC has access to an article, a "Find it @ PCC" link will appear to the right of the search result. Click “Find it @ PCC” to go to the library catalog where you will be offered a choice to view the article. From home, you will need to set your Google Scholar preferences to access PCC Library resources. See How to Search PCC Library on Google Scholar
for directions on how to set your Google Scholar preferences at home.
PubMed contains 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Full text not available? Use PCC Library Interlibrary Loan
to request the article, and receive it in 3-5 days.
Covers the international literature on biomedicine, including allied health. Citations available from 1965 - present; some full text. Full text not available? Use PCC Library Interlibrary Loan
to request the article, and receive it in 3-5 days.
Psychology (Gale OneFile)
Search a subset of Gale with a focus on basic understandings of the study of the mind, emotions, and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Researchers will have access to nearly 500 subject-appropriate full text periodicals.
This database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and focuses on the mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Subject coverage includes traumatic stress and mental health, assessment, prevention, treatment, mental health services, professional ethics, public policy, and traumatized populations.
Other Useful Interdisciplinary Databases for Finding Articles
These databases might contain useful content depending on your research topic.
Ageline This link opens in a new window
AgeLine focuses exclusively on the population aged 50 and issues of aging. It includes aging-related content from the Health Science, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy.
Communication and Mass Media Complete This link opens in a new window
Full-text articles relating to all aspects of communication and mass media.
Criminal Justice (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, forensic scientist or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection offers more than 700 journals.
ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) This link opens in a new window
ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center from the U.S. Dept. of Education, lists journal articles and educational documents (lesson plans, studies, etc.). 1966 - present.
GenderWatch This link opens in a new window
Focusing on how gender impacts diverse subject areas, resources include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, as well as NGO and government publications. Archival material from as early as 1970 provides a historical perspective on the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and changes in gender roles. View the GenderWatch handout
Gender Studies (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
This collection of more than 30 journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.
ScienceDirect This link opens in a new window
Full text for more than 1,000 peer-reviewed life sciences, Health Science, physical sciences, and engineering journals with citation information for thousands more. Look for the "Full-text available" indicators to view articles online. View the Science Direct handout
Finding Psychology Articles with the Psychology Resources Search
Try the Psychology Research Tutorial!
The interactive Psychology Research Tutorial will walk you through how to find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles in the psychology literature.