Databases are made up of multiple journal titles, making it easier to find many relevant articles on topic. You will need your student ID and password to access these.
The databases below are particularly recommended for Psychology students.
See our referencing page for referencing information. Psychology students should use APA style. Short guides are available from the Hive in print or online. You should also consult the APA publication manual (6th edition) on which our guidance is based. This contains full details of all aspects of writing in APA style. Multiple print copies are held in the Hive level 3, shelfmark 808.06615/AME. Check current availability here.
You can also check out the APA style blog which contains lots of useful information about different aspects of APA style.
Important: we are currently working from the 6th edition of the Publication Manual. A 7th edition is due shortly, and the APA is already offering advice on the 7th edition style on the blog here. Until advised otherwise, please refer to the 6th edition blog and text, and reference according to 6th edition guidelines.
'Grey literature' describes research published in non-conventional places not indexed by the major databases. This could include material such as government reports and conference papers.
Sources of grey literature include:
When you have found some information for your assignments you will need to read, evaluate, and critically analyse them. Below are some links which may help you with this.
For guidance on developing search strategies and managing the information you find, see our information management pages:
It is always helpful to keep a record of your searches, and vital when you are doing a systematic literature review or large project such as your Independent Study. We have information about keeping records on our Finding Sources page as well as some useful templates to help you search for literature and keep records of your searches.
The information below may help you if you are doing a systematic review of literature. Please remember, though, that the assessment instructions and advice given to you by your module tutors always supersedes any of the guidance here, so if in doubt, follow your tutor's instructions!
What are psychological tests?
Psychological tests are tools that allow researchers to measure a particular variable (e.g. memory, intelligence, personality).
Some tests may require you to be professionally trained and accredited in order to use them. Always consult with your Academic Tutors when thinking about using Psychological tests within your work.
Finding Psychological Tests
All testing tools are considered copyrighted and you must seek permission from the copyright holder before using the tool.
Psychological tests fall into two types:
All tests would be considered copyrighted so permission for the copyright holder is needed
The best place to start is to search PsycINFO (see link below) to find tests that have been appended to journal articles. You can also find journal articles about studies where a particular test has been used using the Tests and Measures field.
CINAHL (see link below) also allows you to search for tests (or ‘research instruments’)
Other useful resources for finding psychological tests
When you look a book up on Library Search or your module resource list, the record will show you a number which tells you where you'll find that book in the library. You might have noticed that other books on the same topic can be found at the same number, or "shelfmark". If you want to browse the library shelves for helpful books for your studies, the list below gives you some ideas about where to look.
This video explains more about how to find books in the library.
Psychology - 150
150.15195 Statistics in Psychology
150.721 Psychology research methods
152 Behaviour and emotions
152.4 Emotional intelligence
153 Cognitive psychology (conscious mental processes and intelligence)
153.43 Memory and reasoning
154 Subconscious and altered states and processes
155 Differential and developmental (child) psychology
155.2 Personality psychology
156 Comparative psychology
158 Applied psychology
158.3 Counselling psychology
158.7 Occupational/organisational psychology
Ethics (Moral philosophy) - 170
174 Occupational/professional ethics
174.2 Clinical/medical ethics
Social Interaction/social psychology - 302
302.35 Workplace psychology
Education - 370
370.15/370.1523 Educational psychology/learning and teaching
Forensic Medicine - 614
614.15 Forensic psychology
Diseases - 616
616.0019 Clinical health psychology
616.85 Mental illness
616.89 Abnormal psychology
Athletic and outdoor sport - 796
796.01 Sport and exercise psychology