Search in the following databases, which can be found from the A-Z list on the ‘Databases and e-journals’ page on the library website where you will also find quick guides for each database.
EBSCO PsycINFO – the world’s leading database of psychology journals and should be the first place you search. It doesn’t specialise in providing full-text (although it does have some) but don’t let that put you off – simply note down the article details and follow the ‘locating specific articles’ instructions below.
ScienceDirect – a multi-disciplinary database featuring several Psychology journals. Useful for anyone studying psychology, counselling or coaching
EBSCO Academic Search Complete – features over 8,000 journals and is good for social issues.
PEP-Web – a key database for psychoanalysis.
CINAHL – primarily a nursing database, but useful for anyone studying clinical psychology.
Business Source Premier – a useful resource for coaching psychology.
SCOPUS – the largest abstract and citation database for peer-reviewed research, covers all subject areas.
Additionally, you may wish to use Google Scholar. We do not generally recommend it, as many leading journals are not included and search options are very limited. However, it can sometimes be a useful starting point.
Locating specific articles (when you have the details and need the full article)
Check on Library Search to see if UEL has access to online full-text, or a paper version:
- Go to Library Search: uel.ac.uk/librarysearch.
- Enter the name of the journal (e.g. British Journal of Psychology) into the default ‘Books and more’ search box (not in the ‘Articles’ search box).
- If the journal appears in the results list, look out for the ‘View It’ or ‘Get It’ link:
- ‘View It’ means we have access to full-text. Click the link to see a list of our suppliers, and what dates they offer. If coverage is sufficient, click on the name of the supplier to be taken to the website.
- ‘Get It’ means we have paper holdings. Click the link to see what years we have available. Older articles are more likely to be in paper.
If you cannot find the journal in UEL’s collections, then we may be able to get a copy for you through Inter-Library Loan.