• 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.
    • ASSIA - Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts, includes some aspects of social psychology.
    • 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.
    • Cochrane - A database of Systematic reviews of evidence for the effectiveness of treatments.
    • 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 via EBSCO or Web of Science - 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.

    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

    • Business Source Complete - Hundreds of full text journals and abstracts for management, business and economics. Also company, industry and country reports. Information about Occupational Psychology.
    • Cogprints is an electronic archive for papers in Psychology, Neuroscience and Linguistics.
    • Communication and Mass Media Complete - This database holds references to thousands of journal articles relating to human communications and media studies, and provides full text links to more than 200 relevant journal titles.
    • Directory of open access journals (DOAJ) - contains information about more than 1400 open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web.
    • Education research complete - a full-text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas and levels of education in the U.K. and internationally. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,840 journals, as well as full text for more than 950 journals.
    • HighWire press - a large archive of full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles in the sciences from Stanford University Libraries, There may be an embargo on recent issues.
    • IngentaConnect - Provides access to full text journal articles from various publishers. Also provides access to contents page/abstract information for several thousand journal titles
    • JSTOR - Journals from a wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines are included.
    • 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.

    • PsycARTICLES - provides full-text access to over 100 key psychology journals in all subject areas relevant to psychological science including basic/experimental psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, education and school psychology, health psychology, organisational/industrial psychology, social psychology and social processes.
    • ScienceDirect Freedom collection - Contains about 1800 full text journals published by Elsevier, mainly in science, technology and medicine. Full text coverage for most journals in the collection is available from 2002 to present

    Here are some lists of full text ejournals for particular subject areas

    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

    • Concise rules of APA style (2010) (6th Edition). This pocket guide gives you all the essential information you will need to present your references accurately using the APA referencing style. It also provides suggestions on how to improve your writing using the APA editorial style.
    • Mastering APA: student's workbook and training guide (2010) (6th edition). This is a user-friendly workbook that includes practical hands-on exercises that you can use to test or build-up your knowledge of the APA style. You can use this workbook on its own, or in conjunction with the Publication manual which it cross-refers to for fuller explanations.
    • Schwartz, B. M., Landrum, R. E., and Gurung, R. A. R. (2017). An easyguide to APA style (3rd ed.). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
      Not only does this book help with APA style – it’s also a guide to writing an assignment, and using Word to help you with referencing.

    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.) 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.

    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