Psychology: Find Peer Reviewed Articles

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. 

Other Useful Interdisciplinary Databases for Finding Articles

These databases might contain useful content depending on your research topic.

Types of Articles

There are many different types of articles. The chart below can help you figure out which type(s) you're looking for or identify an article you've already found:

Decorative image of a newspaper News articles provide the most current information. Certain newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, are also known for thoughtful, in-depth analyses of important topics and events.
Decorative image of a magazine cover Popular magazine articles can help you generate ideas about issues, controversies, or unanswered questions about a topic, which you might want to explore further. They sometimes refer to studies or scholarly work that you can track down for more information.
Decorative image of a trade magazine cover Trade publications are written by and for professionals within an industry. These are an excellent source of very specific information from inside the field.
Decorative image of a scholarly journal cover Scholarly journal articles go through a process of peer review before they are published. They are written by experts in the field (the people with letters after their name!) and their purpose is to advance the ongoing body of work within the discipline. These articles might present original research data and findings, or take a position on a key question within the field. They can be difficult to read, because their intended audience is other experts and academics, but they are at the top of the line when it comes to authoritative information.

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.

What is Peer Review?

Infographic describing the peer-review process.