Psychology Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on psychology

Highly recommended:

PsycINFO - psychology journals and various other types of psychology-related sources

PsycArticles - full-text articles from 66 psychology journals


ERIC - education journals and various other types of education-related sources

Social Sciences Index - journals for various disciplines in the social sciences

Sociological Abstracts - sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences

Others to consider:

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)- collection of scholarly journals, news and trade publications for a variety of disciplines

Academic Onefile - collection of scholarly journals, news and trade publications for a variety of disciplines

Google Scholar

Browse selected electronic journals

American Journal of Psychology

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Contemporary Educational Psychology

Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Current Research in Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Educational Psychology Review

History of Psychology

International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

International Journal of Psychology

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

Journal of Business and Psychology

Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology

Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal of Family Psychology

Journal of Instructional Psychology

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Journal of Psychology

Journal of Social Psychology

Psychology & Health

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

For more journals on psychology and psychiatry, search our Journals List.

OneSearch - Articles

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

OneSearch lists books and videos in CSUMB Library's collection.

Check here for a quick list of books on:

African-American psychology

Asian-American psychology

Child abuse

Developmental psychology

Educational psychology

Family violence

Gender Identity

Latin@ psychology

Multicultural counseling

Native American psychology


Psychology research


Sexual orientation

Sex role

Social psychology

Substance abuse

Want to create your own links to books in our catalog? Here's how

Search encyclopedias

Books at other libraries


CSU OneSearch to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Also consider:

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use CSU+ Resource Sharing (a service integrated into OneSearch) for ordering books and media held at other CSUs and the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the MOBAC regional catalogs, Melvyl, or WorldCat.


Associations and organizations

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Psychological Association

APA's Division 7: Developmental Psychology

APA's Division 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology

APA's Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity & Race

All 56 APA Divisions (with over 80 topic areas)

CSU Social Science Research & Instructional Center (also direct link to Cornell Roper Center)

National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Tests and measures

Locating tests and measures by topic

There are many tests available depending on what you want to find out about a person or people.

For example, if you are looking for a diagnostic test to see if someone is depressed, there are a large number of instruments from which to choose. Some of these are the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Adolescents and Adults(MDI), the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children (MDI-C), the North American Depression Inventories (NADI), the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), etc.

The following books in our reference collection provide information about various tests and measures:

Mental Measurements Yearbook. Ref BF176.46 (multiple volumes)

Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business. Ref BF176.T43

Test Critiques. Ref BF176.T418 (multiple volumes)

Searching PsycInfo for tests

On the Advanced Search screen in PsycInfo is a field that allows for searching for tests & measures by keyword(s).

In the detailed result for a record (below the abstract) are a number of fields. One of these is the Test & Measure field, where all tests/measures/instruments used are listed.

Finding test critiques

Because there are so many tests to choose from, it is important that you be able to read reviews. The books below are a part of our collection:

Mental Measurements Yearbook. Ref BF176.46 (multiple volumes)Test Critiques. Ref BF176.T418 (multiple volumes)

PsycInfo - for articles, try some of these keywords in combination with test names: statistical, measure, interpretation, reliability, validity.

Finding actual measurements

Tests themselves are often not available on the web for a number of reasons.

Reliability - If many people have access to the tests and see the questions, the test may become less reliable for clinicians over time.

Copyright - The test itself is the intellectual property of the test creator and/or publisher.

Credentials - Often "legitimate" tests need to be given by clinicians or professionals credentialed in giving a test. Also, if you give a test as a part of your education, you need to seek permission to perform any type of human subjects research.

The quickest way to find out where to purchase is by looking in one of our reference books called Tests in Print (Ref BF176.B96) or by searching the web for the publisher website.

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