Dictionary of Psychology from Oxford Reference Online
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences provides scholarly overviews on various topics in psychology. For this class, these are particularly relevant
Trying to get a deeper overview of research on a topic?
- Use synonyms -- there are many ways to express a concept (teenager or teenagers or adolescent)
- Use truncation to get different forms of the word, for example teenage* will retrieve teenagers, teenager, teenaged, etc.
- Use quotation marks when you want an "exact phrase"
- Restrict by date -- most will let you find only the most current five years if you chose that limit.
- Use "controlled vocabulary" (also called descriptors or subject headings) if the database has them. The PsycInfo Thesaurus is a very powerful tool. It helps you identify articles that are about a topic, not just that have the word in the abstract. For example, if you are looking for the cause of a certain psychological problem, the descriptor "etiology" finds material that looks at causality.
- Use the special "limits" or "fields" that the database offers. They really do help you make a more focused and powerful search. PsycInfo lets you use many helpful limits including:
- Methodology-- are you interested in literature reviews? Empirical studies? Clinical trials? Quantitative or qualitative studies?
- Population -- do you want research based on humans? Males vs. females?
- Age of subjects -- adolescents? children? old people?
- Publication type -- do you want articles? dissertations? books?
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Core index to articles in psychology. Many advanced features, here's a link to a very brief screencast on how to use a few of them.
Indexes journals in medicine, psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.
ProQuest Social Sciences
Is your topic interdisciplinary? This searches core indexes in the social sciences such as sociology, political science, and education in addition to psychology.
Academic Search Complete
Another interdisciplinary database, but strong in psychology and its related fields.
PsychiatryOnline (including DSM-5)
Contains the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and several full-text psychiatry journals and e-books.
Web of Science
Includes the Science and Social Sciences Citation Index. These let you find "forward citations" -- update your research by finding articles that cite an article.