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Psychology Resources: Finding Articles

Locating Articles

Finding Articles with Databases

To locate articles using Library databases, you can click on the Articles & Databases tab on the Library homepage. An alphabetical list of more than 100 databases is displayed, which can be limited to Psychology databases, using the dropdown menu.

Depending on your topic, you might find databases in other subject areas to be useful.  For instance, if you're focusing on students or other education-related topics, our Education databases would be worth looking at.  Or, if your topics has to do with social situations, our Sociology databases might be good resources.  Remember, thorough research requires that you look at a number of articles and sources, so don't limit yourself to just one or two databases!

Some of the databases you may find useful to locate psychology related articles include:‚Äč

Locating the Full Text of Articles


  • For many articles, simply click on the PDF or html link to the full text.
  • For other articles, especially those with only citations, you will need to use the CHECK Here for Full Text - Article MAY Be Available link, to see if it is available in another database.
  • Not all journals are made available electronically and may only be available in print or microfiche/microfilm.  These can be requested, and the Library will scan and make them available within 48 hours.
  • In some cases, you may find that we do not have the article at all.  Use the Click Here to Request This Article button, to have us try to get it for you.
  • Both books and articles can be requested through the Interlibrary Loan and Article Copy system.  There is no charge for this service but resources are not immediately available.  Leave yourself a little extra time when doing research so that your Interlibrary Loans can get here before you need them.


Search Tips

Database Searching Tips

  • Select/switch to the advanced search option
  • Do a keyword search first to see what is available
  • Too many results? Add an additional term or two
  • Too few results? Think of synonyms for your term(s)
  • Many databases have a Thesaurus function
  • Refine or limit your search to scholarly/peer reviewed articles
  • All databases allow you to print or email your results
  • Use the references at the end of each article to locate additional sources