• Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

  • Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage). Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left. You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books. More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.

    Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books
    Finding a book when you know the author/title - PDF
    Finding a book on a topic - PDF

    Use the shelfmarks below to find where books on particular aspects of psychology are held in the Library

    Abnormal psychology and psychiatry  616.89 
    Applied psychology  158 
    The Brain  612.82 
    Child psychology  155.4 
    Cognitive psychology  153 
    Cross-cultural psychology  155.8 
    Developmental psychology  155 
    Dreams  154 
    Educational psychology 370.15 
    Emotions  152.4 
    Experimental and physiological psychology  152 
    General psychology  150 
    Health psychology  610.19 
    Human physiology  612 
    Intelligence  153.9 
    Learning  153.15 
    Memory  153.12 
    Neuropsychology 616.804
    Organisational psychology  158.7 
    Perception  153.7 
    Personality  155.2 
    Psychoanalysis  150.195 
    Psycholinguistics 401.9 
    Psychological testing and measurement  150.287 (see also 152.8) 
    Research methods  150.72 
    Sensory perception  152.1 
    Social psychology  301.2 (see also 302) 


    All our journals are listed on LibrarySearch on the Library home page so you can search for a specific journal there (choose the Journal titles tab and then enter your journal title, eg cognitive neuropsychology). 

    The e-journals require you to log in - nearly always with your Brookes student/staff number and password, though a few have their own individual login details (information on the E-journals Finder page for that journal title).

    To look for journal articles on a topic, rather than from a specific journal, you should use a database: see the section below for more information about searching databases.

    Databases can help you to trace journal articles and other publications (including book reviews, reports and conference proceedings) in your subject area. Most databases provide abstracts (summaries) and a few are full-text (they contain complete articles). Importantly, databases provide high quality academic information, which is necessary for your assignments and research.

    The databases listed on this web page are available to Brookes staff and students from on and off campus.

    • PsycINFO - contains nearly 4 million records from 1597 to the present, with comprehensive coverage from the 1880s onwards. It is a broad-based Psychology database for the behavioural and social sciences. Its coverage includes abstracts of books, journal articles and dissertations, as well as documents with scores or tests appended. It is a good international database with coverage of journals from more than 50 countries.
    • Web of Science - contains the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Science Citation Index, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and two Conference Proceedings Citation Indices. It provides bibliographic information and abstracts from a wide range of key journals for all aspects of Psychology.
    • Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database which includes psychology journals.
    • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - an off-air recordings and media archive service. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres.
    • British Education Index - Education database, material from British and selected European journals, from 1975 onwards. Contains information on Educational Psychology.
    • Child Development and Adolescent Studies - A key database for Early Childhood including development, behaviour, psychiatry, psychology.
    • CINAHL - A European and North American database covering mental health, nursing and allied health care.
    • ERIC - Education database, ERIC covers predominantly American material from journals from 1966 onwards.
    • Factiva - International news database. Includes leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals and the BBC Monitoring Service transcripts of world radio broadcasts.
    • MEDLINE A subset of PubMed and a very large international Medical database. Includes Clinical Psychology, as well as therapies.
    • PTSDpubs - an international database focused on post-traumatic stress, acute stress and other psychiatric disorders related to traumatic events.
    • PubMed - A very large international Medical, biomedical and Healthcare database which includes Clinical Psychology, as well as therapies.
    • Sociological Abstracts - covers a broad range of subjects including some aspects of psychology.
    • SportDiscus - All aspects of sport are covered including psychology, sociology, physiology, medicine, nutrition, coaching, training, conditioning and history. Articles from journals, monographs, books, theses etc from around the world. Journal coverage is from 1975, with full-text coverage dating back to 1985, but earlier theses and monographs are listed from 1949
    • ZETOC - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in publishing, science, technology, law, and the humanities.

    Why reference?

    Referencing your sources is a key aspect of academic writing. By referencing your sources you are demonstrating that:

    • the arguments that you refer to have been supported by evidence from reliable and credible sources.
    • credit is given to other people's work - so avoiding plagiarism.
    • you have searched widely for your information on your topic and have included multiple types of resources e.g. books, journals, webpages.

    Referencing and the APA Style

    APA is a referencing and editorial style from the American Psychological Association. It is a set of rules and guidelines for presenting written material in the fields of social and behavioural sciences. Many publishers use this style in their books and journals to ensure that written materials are presented clearly and consistently.

    The APA referencing style is used by students studying Psychology at Oxford Brookes University to accurately cite the resources you have used in your work.

    Resources for staff and students:

    • The Brookes Library Guide to APA Referencing is for students who need to reference their work using the APA (American Psychological Association) referencing style. This guide shows referencing using the 6th edition of the APA style. It is broadly in line with Cite Them Right Online and the printed book equivalent, although students should be aware that this guide and the official APA guides remain the correct source.
    • A list of American State Abbreviations will help you when referencing books published in the USA.
    • To help, you can also use the Library's Cite Them Right resource which is an online service to help you correctly reference your source. Don't forget to filter the results to the APA style. (You will need your Brookes Logon details to access this resource).
    • The Owl Purdue website also give examples of references in APA style.

    Books in the Library

    • There are a number of books in the library which provide information on referencing accurately using the APA referencing style. On the Library homepage select the Books and e-books option. Type APA style and details of books on APA referencing will be displayed on the screen.

    Online tutorials:

    You can work through these yourself to help you understand how to reference using the APA style.

    • Basics of APA Style Tutorial - from the American Psychological Association for those with little or no previous knowledge of APA style. In this tutorial you will learn how to apply some basic editorial and referencing rules of the APA style.
    • There is also a tutorial from the University of Cardiff which takes you through the APA style.

    Psychology: a guide to finding information ( Word or PDF)

    Brief guides to help with your research:

    • Constructing a Search Strategy ( Word)
    • EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
      EndNote Guide for Psychology students and staff ( Word or PDF)
    • Dissertations - MMU hosts a list of the best Dissertations from UK Psychology courses
    • Past Exam papers - The Library has very few past exam papers available for psychology modules. Some psychology modules do not use an exam as part of the assessment process. The psychology modules that do include an exam often use multiple choice questions as part of the exam paper and these are prohibited from publication. The psychology department usually has practice exam questions (often with answers) available for you to use. You can find these practice exam questions on the Psychology Resource webpages or Moodle for the respective modules.
      Additionally, you may find past exam papers on RADAR - the University Research Repository - within the Learning and Teaching Collection
    • Study skills resources: links to books, websites and other resources that give support and advice on how to study effectively
    • Explore the interactive  Digital Capabilities for Students course (on Moodle) to try out some new digital tools to improve your work

    Psychological tests are not available through Oxford Brookes Library. However, some academic libraries do hold tests. Search Library Hub Discover for information on their collections. (Library Hub Discover is the catalogue of research libraries from U.K. Universities and national institutions such as the British Library). You will need to contact the institution in question to find out access rights and you may require your tutor/supervisor's permission. (It is recommended that you talk to your tutor about psychological tests to ensure that you use the most relevant one and they may also be able to advise you on their location.) 

    Other Sources:

    • If you want a good overview on the types of information resources you should use during your course, then have a look at the Internet for Psychology Virtual Training Suite website. There is a whole host of information about when you should use which resource, and how you can be sure that it is of good quality.
    • Once you have chosen your source of information (journal article, book, webpage etc) - you need to critically evaluate it to ensure it is appropriate to use. The Library Guide on Critically Evaluating Resources is a useful starting point ( Word or PDF).
    • Organisations and associations - a list of some of the key national and international organisation websites, as well as some links to local research centres.

    Subject Gateways - websites that gather information on psychological topics together

    • Psych Central provides links to a wide range of sites dealing with Psychology and Mental Health and associated areas.
    • Social Psychology Network links to a large range of relevant sites, search by subject or document type.

    Podcasts - collections of audio on Psychology topics

    Vodcasts - video collections on Psychology topics