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Psychology Library Research Methods and Databases

Purpose of this Guide and Research Help Options

This guide gives you great pointers on the best databases and resources for your field. Don't forget that you can find help on 24/7 LIVE CHAT at any time of day or night.  You can also email the CLA librarian, Brett Bodemer, at

CD & Psychology Library Research Video

Three Great Databases for Psychology

Great Place to Find Tests and Instruments (surveys, scales, etc.)

Search Many Databases at Once

If you want to search for a particular online journal

Search Ebrary, SpringerLink and Project Muse for ebooks

Search tips for PsycINFO

The PDF below will give you tips for finding more articles about your subject in PsycINFO.  It also gives tips for narrowing your results by:

  • age group
  • date
  • full-text
  • peer-reviewed

It will also help you find:

  • Review articles
  • Tests and Measures

Good Places to Search Precisely One at a Time

More Books

If you know the article and want to find the full text

Google Scholar: Try the author's last name and a good chunk of the title in "    " and then use the Find it At Cal Poly link, often found hidden beneath the "more" under the result.  Be sure that you are logged into MyCalPoly Portal AND signed into OneSearch.