Best Bets for Starting Your Research in Psychology
Last Updated: Oct 7, 2013
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Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.
PsycINFO provides scholarly journals, book chapters, and dissertations in the field of psychology. Citations link to PsycARTICLES for full-text.
Coverage: 1872 - Present. Updated: Continually. Psychology Journals
Psychology Journals contains scholarly and trade publications related to areas of psychology and psychiatry. Includes charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements of psychological research.
Coverage: 1971 - Present. Updated: Regularly. PsycARTICLES
PsycARTICLES is a full text sub-set of PsycINFO. Scholarly articles on specialized, basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology.
Coverage: 1987 - Present. Updated: Regularly. PsycTESTS
PsycTESTS contains descriptive summaries, full text and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching.
Social Sciences Full Text
Social Sciences Full Text covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including the literature of anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work, and sociology. This database is full text and peer reviewed.
Coverage: 1983 - Present. Updated: Daily. Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier offers full-text journals spanning a broad range of areas of academic study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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