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Psychology--Core Indexing and Abstracting Publications

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The list of databases below is not intended to be exhaustive. Instead, Strategian aims to list the core publications--those indexes and abstracts covering Psychology that are the best places to start or continue on to in order to identify the articles, books, or other publications that contain the information that you need.

Please keep in mind that the publications listed below are often available in various paper and electronic formats. If not available to you over the Internet, you will need to check if and how they may be available at the library or libraries you may use. How to do that? See Step 3: Locate of the Information Strategy for details.

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The databases below are listed in a suggested sequence of use--from (1) databases in which you can identify publications containing easier to understand, less technical information to (4) databases covering the topic in greater depth and indexing more research-oriented/scholarly publications:

  1. Periodical Abstracts (ProQuest Information and Learning)

    Indexes 2,100+ popular magazines and scholarly journals broadly covering the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

    A good source to search when looking for information on a topic from both the research-oriented/scholarly and easier to understand/less technical perspectives. Magazines and journals indexed here include Psychological Science and Psychology Today.

    Available electronically from 1987-present; about half the indexed magazines and journals provide the full text of some articles online. Updated weekly.

  2. OAIster (University of Michigan [USA] Digital Library Production Services)

    Searches and retrieves a wide variety of Open Access (free full text online) publications--journal articles, books, audio files, images, movies, dictionaries, directories, etc.--available from a growing number of institutions/organizations around the world. The institutions/organizations searched include, BioMed Central, Institute of Physics, National Academies Press, PubMed Central, and SciELO.

  3. PsycINFO (American Psychological Association)

    Indexes nearly 10,000 scholarly journals plus book chapters, books, dissertations, etc. published worldwide.

    The most indepth and comprehensive database covering all areas of psychology and related disciplines.

    Available electronically from 1887-present; updated weekly.

    • Entrez (The Life Sciences Search Engine; United States National Library of Medicine)

      Provides the ability to search several medical, biomedical, molecular biology, etc. databases--including MEDLINE/PubMed--at the same time. All the databases are hosted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. These databases index 4,500+ scholarly journals, books, etc. as well as some information that is easier to understand/less technical. Coverage extends back to 1953.

    • Entrez is a good supplement to PsycINFO especially for coverage of the physiological aspects of psychology.

      Coverage extends back to 1953.

    • MEDLINE/PubMed (United States National Library of Medicine)

      This database, in its electronic form, is freely available over the Internet from many providers--some of whom add their own touches to it. The basic link to MEDLINE from the National Library of Medicine is called PubMed.

      Available electronically from approximately 1953-present. Most records contain abstracts. Updated daily.

  4. Science Citation Index (Institute for Scientific Information)

    A unique database that allows you to discover who has cited (referred to) a particular article or book since it was originally published. The citing publications are only journal and magazine articles--not books. The Science Citation Index can be particularly useful when conventional searching methods in sources like those above fail to identify other publications related to one or two that you are already familiar with. Covering the sciences broadly and in depth, this database indexes more than 6,000 journals published worldwide.

    Depending on specific needs, teachers/faculty sometimes turn to this database first while students and others may turn to this source, if needed, only after consulting the other relevant indexes/abstracts in a subject area.

    Available in paper and electronically back to 1945; abstracts available from 1991-present; updated weekly.

    • WorldCat (OCLC)

      A huge database comprised of the tens of millions of items covering virtually every subject cataloged by 17,000+ libraries worldwide. The database includes items in basically all formats (books, Web sites, videos, sound recordings, maps, etc.) save individual journal, newspaper, and magazine articles.

      Available electronically; updated daily. Materials in the database include items published anywhere from thousands of years ago to the present.

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