Searching Psychology Literature

When searching the psychology literature, the best place to start is the USA library’s databases. As you can see here, the library provides several recommended databases that can help with your search, including access to PubMed and CINAHL. You can search several of these databases simultaneously through our search engine known as Search USA. To use Search USA, just go to our website at www.library.usa edu and start typing in your search terms in the search bar at the top of the website and click “Search.” You can also access our psychology databases individually from any of the website’s pages under the resources tab. Click on “Databases.” This page lists all of our available databases that you have access to as a USA student, staff, and faculty. Your USA librarians have organized them under subject categories that students will find helpful. You can find PubMed under “Medicine,” for example as well as several other databases. You can also search for CINAHL under “Nursing.” Gale and ProQuest are located under “Multidisciplinary” as they have multiple collections across several disciplines, including psychology. Under the “Psychology” category, you will find the PsycBITE and APA PsycNET databases. As the description for PsycBITE shows here, this database specifically focuses on acquired brain injury literature. While not everything in the database will have full-text access, please check Search USA to see if one of our other databases Might have access to an article you’re interested in or request it through Interlibrary Loan. Through PsycNET, you can search and see results from PsycARTICLES and PsycBOOKS for free. After accessing the database from the Library website, click on “Search” under the “New Users” section. While doing a quick search, you’ll notice that the database is asking you to purchase the PDF full text. Although you can freely view results from PsycARTICLES and PsycBOOKS, the database does not provide full text access. You can only see the abstracts. Instead, you want to check Search USA to determine if one of our other databases has access to an article or request it through Interlibrary Loan It can easily select which results you’re interested in and export them to a reference manager like Zotero, or an Excel sheet to save them so you can search for them in our Library later. On the results page, you may notice the tabs for PsycINFO as well as PsycEXTRA, but the option to see results from those databases are not available for free. Another useful resource is our Journal Finder tool, which allows you to search individual academic journals and periodicals available through the Library’s databases. Going back to the Library website under the “Resources” tab, click on “Journals.” You can then click on Journal Finder to pull up the tool You can use the search bar to search by title, subject, or ISSN. Or, you can browse by discipline and then select “Psychology.” There are several filters on the left hand side here to limit by peer review as well as by subject. Below each journal and periodical is the full-text access options through our online collections and databases. You can even search within a specific publication you’re interested in. If you have any questions about our psychology databases, please email the Library at [email protected]

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