Law databases imageUse databases to search for journal articles for your studies

You will be expected to make regular use of journal articles during your programme of study because they are more up-to-date than books and contain specialised information. The following video explains what journals are, how they are organised, when you should use them and the different types you will come across. You can search for journal articles in databases.

A number of indexes and full text sources can help you find articles in psychology topics. Many of these resources can  be searched at the same time in NELSON (Northampton Electronic Search ONline). The university subscribes to a number of databases, which you can log into via  this page or from NELSON via the Databases tab (you can use NELSON to search across many databases at the same time). When using NELSON, sign in at the top right hand corner first. If you are not sure how to use NELSON, this short video will help. If you are experiencing problems accessing resources when off-campus please use the following guide Accessing Databases Off Campus.

Key databases for Psychology

PscyNET is an amalgamation of PsycInfo (which is an abstract database of psychological literature from the 1800s to today) and PsycArticles (which offers access to the full-text of the 63 APA journals).

Science Direct  Science Direct is a full text database of over 1000 journal titles and is produced by Elsevier. It covers 1995 to the present and is a higher level database covering most subject areas. In order to view search results you will need to click on activate personalisation and complete the form the first time you log into Science Direct.

Other useful databases

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts  ASSIA Abstracts around 800 journals in the social sciences and health, includes topics such as social services, economics, politics, race relations, education, business and law in society.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text The world’s most comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL. It also provides indexing for more than 4,600 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.8 million records dating back to 1981. Useful for most health areas, with a US bias.

Cochrane Library  Systematic reviews of healthcare research – Produced by the Cochrane Collaboration – Covers from the first half of the 20th Century to the present. Useful for evidence-based practice.

Education Research Complete  Bibliographic and full text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)  provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index

Medline Index of 4600 biomedical journals produced by the United States National Library of Medicine, covering 1966 to the present. Useful for all medical topics.

Sage Full text access to electronic journals published by Sage Publications.

Sage Research Methods Support research and provides guidance for every step of the research process. Resources include, books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics.

Sage Video Counselling & Psychotherapy Collection  A collection of 420 videos  including tutorials and interviews from leading experts addressing teaching, learning and practitioner issues.

Taylor & Francis Online  Journal content platform for the Taylor & Francis Group. The platform gives online access to all journals from Taylor & Francis and Routledge. A program of retrodigitization means they have articles going back just over 200 years. The collection includes over 1600 full text titles in science and social science subject areas.

Web of Science Index to over 14,000 journal titles in Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science subject fields (including abstracts) from 1900 to the present. A good starting point for most subject searches.

Wiley Access to full-text journals published by Wiley Interscience. Some titles go back to the 1980s. Useful for most subject areas.

Quick tips

If you have a reference to a particular journal article, search  Find my reference with the full name of the journal to check whether we have online or print access. 

Interlibrary loans If you are trying to find the full text of an article we don’t have access to,  we can get it for you via our free Interlibrary loan service.