Psychology: Getting Started

In this Guide

This guide is designed to help students do research in psychology, discover psychology resources available through the library, and get help if you need it! 

Use the tabs above to navigate through the other pages of the guide:

  • Find Background Information - Great places to start your research. Get an overview of a particular disorder, concept, treatment, theory, psychologist, and more through online library encyclopedias and other useful websites.
  • Find Peer-Reviewed Articles - Find peer-reviewed/scholarly and professional/trade articles related to psychology through the library's databases. Learn what peer review means and how peer-reviewed articles are different from other types of sources.
  • Find Books - Find physical and online books available through the library and beyond.
  • Find Videos - Find streaming videos and DVDs related to psychology topics.
  • Cite Sources - Tips and tools for citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Get Help - Get help from a librarian 24x7, get support from a tutor, or find a handout or tutorial to help you with your research.


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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. 

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.