If you are studying psychology then this guide is for you. It will help you to find and use key resources for your subject.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

Most books for psychology are on level 4. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles by title or to search for a journal by subject.

Key journals

Your lecturer may recommend specific journals, but you can also use our Journal browse feature to see what journals we have for your subject area. If you need help watch a short video, Find a journal by title or Browse journals by subject.

For help getting access to the full text of a journal article watch Finding and accessing full text.

To request journals that we don’t have in stock use the inter-library loan service.

Finding and using databases

A database enables you to you to carry out a strategic search for journal articles. You can search using a combination of terms, filter and narrow results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches.

Not all databases will host the full text of the article you need but should provide a link out to full text or further information. For help watch our short video Finding and accessing full text.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. Help guides are available within the Discover record for individual databases.

Key databases:
  • PsycARTICLES: provides full-text articles for journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation and the Canadian Psychological Association. Easy to use and provides access to the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. Option to search for tests and measures, a great feature for students and researchers who need to find studies that have used a particular measure.
  • PsycINFO: an authoritative source within the field of psychology. Option to limit to peer review material, link out to full text articles and search other ProQuest databases including Psychology Journals and other relevant collections in both the social sciences and health.
  • CINAHL: an authoritative source within the field of nursing and allied health. CINAHL allows you to search using a combination of free text (or keyword) and thesaurus terms (known as CINAHL headings) to produce precise results. Option to limit to peer review material, link out to full text articles and search other EBSCO databases.
  • MEDLINE an authoritative source of journal literature in the biomedical and life sciences. MEDLINE allows you to search using a combination of free text (or keyword) and thesaurus terms (known as Medical Subject Headings or MeSH) to produce very precise results.
  • Web of Science: easy to use, high quality sources of scientific research including health and medicine. Functionality to search within a set of results. You can also view the number of times an article has been cited and the journal impact factor.

A full list of all the databases we subscribe to is available from the Database A-Z.


Websites can offer a range of information that may be difficult to find elsewhere such as clinical guidelines, policy documents, statistics and so on.

Consider using the websites of professional bodies like the British Psychological Society (BPS). Also, public or government bodies like the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, research centres like The Centre for Psychological Research at University of Derby, and blogs like Research Digest from the BPS.

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.