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Guide to Psychology Research Tools

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Below is a selection of resources for psychology research. Use the tabs to navigate to databases (to search articles by topic), journals (an alphabetical list), academic reference books, books & e-books, career resources and freely available psychology web resources.




  • APA PsycINFO - This database is the American Psychological Association's (APA) key resource for indexing and abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations. It is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.  
  • Search Tips Chart. How to Search. 

Other useful databases (Searchable collections of records describing a source by title, author, subject and keyword with links to the article or publication). 

Psychology Journals - .Browse titles of journals (published monthly, quarterly, etc...) and scan tables of contents. Use APA PsycInfo to search all (most) psychology journals by topic. 

Encyclopedias -  Do you need  to know more about a topic before you begin deeper research? Start with specialized encyclopedias. Use Credo to search by topic.

Psychology Annuals - Browse titles of annuals (published yearly) and scan tables of contents. Use APA PsycInfo to search annuals by topic. Annual Reviews can be searched as well.


ScienceDirect - Browse titles, search by topic.

Springer Link - Browse titles, search by topic.

JStor - Browse titles, search by topic.


Annual Reviews



What?  Where? How?

Gil - Find

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The key resource for locating books,films and more in the Kaufman collection.

(Electronic books and on the shelves).

Online Example 

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Gil - Find

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On the Shelf Example

Search Tips:

  • Use the drop down menus to search for Author, Title, or Subject.
  • For keyword searching:Use quotes to search for phrases: "educational psychology"
  • Use an * for alternate endings and spellings:
    • eating disorder* will find disordeor disorders
    • psycholog* will find psychology, psychologist, psychologists, psychological
  • Use AND, OR and NOT to join terms:
    • teen* AND eating disorder*
    • (women OR female*) AND (eating disorder*)         
    • learning theor* AND psycholog*

eBook Central

Ebsco Ebook Collection




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Additional Associations


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Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and contain a legal framework that gives permission for open use in teaching, learning and research. Unlike a non-vetted free website or a pricey subscription database, OER's are scholarly, free of cost, and have open access.

Textbooks Online Labs, Images & Demonstrations Additional Teaching & Learning Resources



Online Psychology Lab 

Open Access Biomedical Images (Open I)

Statistics, Data and Writing Reports

Research Methods


Psychology Textbooks


Memory and Cognition Demonstrations 

Animations for Teaching (Allow Flash)

Go Cognitive

Social Psychology

The Brain From Top To Bottom


 Online Education and Traditional Teaching Guidance 

Campbell, D. E. (2014). The influence of teacher immediacy behaviors on student performance in an online course (and the problem of method variance). Teaching of Psychology41(2), 163–166. 

Mandernach, B. J., Mason, T., Forrest, K. D., & Hackathorn, J. (2012). Faculty views on the appropriateness of teaching undergraduate psychology courses onlineTeaching of Psychology39(3), 203–208. 

Robinson, R. P., & Doverspike, D. (2006). Factors predicting the choice of an online versus a traditional course. Teaching of Psychology33(1), 64–68.




If you want to try searching on your own, the box below allows you to directly search OASIS, a tool to help locate OER.

The Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo developed OASIS, a tool that searches across multiple OER sites.