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PSYC: Psychology: Articles in Library Databases

This guide is intended to help students with research assignments about psychology.

Learn about library databases, scholarly articles, and database search strategies on this page. Learn which library databases are best to use for psychology research and how to search them. 

What are Library Databases?

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What is a Scholarly Article / Scholarly Journal?

Database Search Tip

Be sure that your search strategy is focused. For example,


will be difficult to find in a scholarly article. Rarely will an author cover ALL causes, effects, or behaviors relating to an issue. They tend to focus on one or two aspects. 

So, do a little brainstorming or Internet research before looking for scholarly articles. What are some possible causes of divorce?






By choosing one of the above possible causes, this focuses your research. Setting up a search like:




will get you right to helpful articles!

General Reference Databases for Background and Basic Information

Just like the reference books in the library's collection, we have digital reference books and articles that cover all subjects. Read full articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, guides, handbooks, and more. Reference articles are often a good source for starting your research since they provide basic overviews, background, context, and the history of topics. They also provide quick facts and statistics. 

Watch our video tutorial for a demonstration of a search in Credo Reference:

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Other Internet Search Tools for Scholarly Articles

Suggested Library Databases for Psychology Research

These databases can be accessed using the links included here or from the Databases A to Z list on the library's website.

Part of the larger EBSCOhost database collection, PsycARTICLES contains scholarly articles from American Psychological Association journals, which are not freely available on the web. It is by far the best database to use when searching for articles on psychology topics.

Be sure to apply any appropriate search options, such as Also search within the full text of the articlesFull-Text (to see only articles you can read immediately), and Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals

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Oxford Handbooks Online includes a special psychology eBook collection. Access to full-text is noted by the unlocked and free icons.

Watch a video tutorial from our friends at Oxford University Press here:

This database contains online books from the popular print series about diseases, disorders, and many other health topics.

While ProQuest Central has information about many different topics, it includes articles from a lot of psychology publications.

Be sure to apply any appropriate search options, such as Full-text documents only and Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed before running your search.

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JSTOR includes articles from a lot of psychology publications. You'll also see information focused on the other social sciences and humanities.

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EBSCO Discovery Service searches multiple NCC Library databases, as well as our Library Catalog, in one search. Be sure to choose your search keywords carefully and precisely. Apply the Full-Text search filter, as well as any others to help make the results easier to navigate. 

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When the Library Doesn't Have Access to an Article You Want

You may discover an article that would be useful for your topic, only to find that the library does not have full-text access to it through our databases. If that happens, you can submit an interlibrary loan request, and we will see if another library with access to full-text of that article is willing to share it with us. Most often, the articles will be shared with you by email, but they may take 2-3 days to arrive.

Speak to a librarian if you need help with the interlibrary loan request.