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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.
MEDLINE via EBSCO or Web of Science - A subset of PubMed and a very large international Medical database. Includes Clinical Psychology, as well as therapies.
The Library's electronic databases page provides a complete list of all our databases with brief details of subject coverage and access information.
We do not recommend you solely search these full-text databases, as you could be missing important articles which are not available full-text from that resource. However these resources can be useful if you know that a particular journal is included within the collection.
Academic Search Complete - a huge multi-disciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals, over half of whose articles have immediate full-text links.
Brill Journal Archive online - Brill Journal Archive Online provides full-text access to over fifty thousand articles from more than eighty journals published by Brill before 2000, including Behaviour, Journal of Cognition and Culture, and Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
ProQuest Psychology Journals- Full text database for a range of psychology journals from 1964. Topics covered by the database include addiction, clinical and social psychology, education, neurology and psychiatry. Also includes some psychological dissertations from 2000-2005.
Here are some lists of full text ejournals for particular subject areas
Referencing your sources is a key aspect of academic writing. By referencing your sources you are demonstrating that:
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.
You can work through these yourself to help you understand how to reference using the APA style.
Psychology: a guide to finding information ( Word)
Brief guides to help with your research:
Psychological tests are not available through Oxford Brookes Library. However, some academic libraries do hold tests. Search COPAC for information on their collections. (COPAC is the union 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.) This is a list of all psychological tests on COPAC, if then add a couple of words (e.g. test name or test subject area) in the search box at the top right-hand side of the screen, you can narrow your search down.
You may also find, that the first article about a specific test contains the test in the appendix of the article.
Subject Gateways - websites that gather information on psychological topics together
Podcasts - collections of audio on Psychology topics
Vodcasts - video collections on Psychology topics