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Psychology (Applied) - Literature Searching

Literature Searching Practical Workshops - November 2016

The Library workshop for the Methods in Psychology module aims to provide students with the skills required to complete module assignments and to introduce a range of Library resources which will be useful both for this module and other projects and assignments. The information will be available here for the rest of the year for further reference.

Presentation(pptx) and Workbook(pdf)


The University Library has a wide range of databases which give access to a variety of research information. The databases differ in the kind of information they cover, and the ways in which they can be searched.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a great resource for finding references to journal articles. It includes the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, plus the Book and Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes as well as the major biomedical database Medline.


The PsycINFO database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) key resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health. It contains over 2.5 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the early 1800s. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 2,200 titles.

Additional Resources

You might also want to take time to explore the following resources:


PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association.

Medline via OvidSP

An alternative interface for this major biomedical database indexing over 5600 journals.