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Psychology: Quick Start Guide: Find Articles (Databases)

This guide will assist students in their psychology related research.

Looking for Articles? Ebooks? Streaming Videos?

Use research databases to locate articles, ebooks, and streaming videos about psychology.

Tips for searching

  • Check your spelling.
  • Think of different ways to phrase your search (example: teenagers or adolescents).
  • Limit your search to articles that are available in full text and that are scholarly or peer-reviewed.
  • Read the abstract of an article to get an idea of what it's about.
  • Use the subject descriptors to find more articles or to revise your search.

Why Use Databases for Articles?

  • Databases are used to search for academic journals.
  • Databases have a level of quality control which you do not get elsewhere.
  • Databases contain research-level materials and articles.
  • Anyone can publish anything on the web. Items in academic journals go through a rigorous process before publication. 
  • Academic journals contain information that is of high academic integrity.



PORT is a 3-part series of self-paced online tutorials to help psychology students learn:

  • how to effectively search the database PsycINFO.
  • how to use features of PsycINFO that can enhance psychology literature research.
  • how to construct APA style references for journal articles.

Research Databases


Suggested Databases for Psychology Articles

Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection

Performing a Search Here is an example of how to perform a search in Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection

  • Psychological disorders are a phrase Example: Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Connect search terms that are not phrases with AND, OR, or NOT. Examples:  
    • Attention Deficit Disorder AND children
    • ​Attention Deficit Disorder OR Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Connect your search terms with And, Or, or Not. Use Full Text, Peer Reviewed, and Date Limiters as needed.


Brief Record

Brief Record After performing a search you will see a list of brief records. Interpret them like this:

Brief item record shows title and other citation information, subjects, format of full text.  Click on the title for more details.

Expanded Record

Expanded Record Once you click on a title you find interesting this is what you will see

Expanded item record shows pdf link, citation information, and tools for saving, printing, and emailing. The Abstract is an article summary.