• 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.
    • PILOTS - 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 Write 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 and at the next screen limit your search to Oxford Brookes. 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)

    Brief guides to help with your research:

    • A Brief Guide to Critically Evaluating Sources ( Word or PDF)
    • 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

    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.) 

    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