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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.
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 (
Brief guides to help with your research:
available through Oxford Brookes Library. However, some academic libraries do hold tests. Search
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.)
Subject Gateways - websites that gather information on psychological topics together
Podcasts - collections of audio on Psychology topics
Vodcasts - video collections on Psychology topics