Library and Psychology Research Guide | Department of Psychology

Library and Psychology Research Guide

Welcome to the psychology research guide

This guide is your one-stop library resource for scholarly and non-scholarly books and eBooks, databases and journals, and web resources! In this guide you'll also find information on library services, tools, and other web resources to help you write your papers, do your presentations, cite your sources, and more. Often, you'll find that the core resources below contain the information you need for your research.

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Types of psychology sources

There are many sources you will encounter as you research in psychology. These sources have different characteristics. Take care to match the sources you use to your projects.

Core psychology sources and databases

For many topics and research questions in Psychology, you'll find the resources below helpful.

Helpful Databases for Psychological Research

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***You may be redirected to a page where you will need to click "EBSCOhost Web- Basic Search", then select "Academic search complete"***

Academic Search Complete provides a scholarly collection providing full text coverage for over 10,500 journals for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies, etc. Dates of Coverage: 1975 - Current


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Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: APA PsycARTICLES

PsycARTICLES via Ebscohost indexes journals from the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association and Hogrege Publishing Group. Full Text coverage is from 1987 to present. Nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1. Dates of Coverage: 1984 - current.


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Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: APA PsycINFO

PsycInfo via Ebscohost peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Includes information about the psychological aspects of related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, technology, linguistics, anthropology, business, law, and others. Contains citations and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s. Dates of Coverage: Journal coverage is 1872 to current. Chapter and book coverage is 1987 to current

PsycTESTS via EBSCOhost

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Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: APA PsycTESTS

PsycTESTS via EBSCOhost Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), the database serves as a repository for a growing selection of psychological tests and measures, including actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching. PsycTESTS is an authoritative source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. While focused on contemporary instances of test use, coverage spans more than a century. Dates of Coverage: Varies

Sage Knowledge

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Sage Knowledge contains SAGE eBook and eReference content in the social sciences, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. Also contains suggestions for relevant content in other books and SAGE Journals.

Sage Research Methods

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SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE's renowned books, journals and reference content. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more. Subject coverage includes sociology, health, criminology, education, anthropology, psychology, business, political science, history, economics, among others.

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Other Helpful Resources for Psychological Research


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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. It is the standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

American Psychological Association (APA)

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 121,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. This site includes a search box to find books and articles as well as a page to explore topics within Psychology.

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

APS is the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders. Members provide a richer understanding of the world through their research, teaching, and application of psychological science.

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How to research using google scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Each result in a Google Search has options beneath it including: Citation for the article in 5 formats & export to various citation managers; "Cited by" lists all the articles written more recently that cite the article; and related articles. If the full text is available, it will appear as a link to the right of the citation. Google Scholar searches may be narrowed down by date in the left margin of the results list.

To link the UNT library to your Google Scholar search go to Settings --> Library Links --> Type in University of North Texas --> Save

Tools for writing, apa style, and citations

Check out this Scholarly Writing Guide

For writing & style guides, advice, and online writing communities visit Style & Editing page

For information on getting published in a psychological journal check out the Getting Published page

Check out the basics of citing research, research tools for citations, and how to cite according to the APA Style by visiting the library's Citations & Style Guide page


To learn more about Plagiarism and how to avoid it please visit this helpful link,