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PSYC 2156 Clinical Psychology

Databases for Psychology

PsycINFO

  • The major database for psychology, providing citations and abstracts for the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics. 

  • Use the "APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms" 
    • Distinguish between conceptually close terms like "bullying" and "teasing"
    • Use specific technical vocabulary to get more relevant search results

  • Limits include: 
    • Major Subject Headings
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Methodology (find review articles here!)
    • Tests & Measures
    • Population
    • And more...

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Finding review articles in Clinical Psychology

If you can find a review article on your topic -- or an aspect of it -- it can greatly help. Review articles give a summation and synthesis of research done on a particular topic.

These are the top 3 ranked review journals for Clinical Psychology according to SCIMAGO:

Annual Review of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology Review

Health Psychology Review

TIP: Also limit your search in PsycINFO for just review articles. Find the limit under "Methodology" on the sidebar or wherever limits are found.

Multi-disciplinary databases

  • Scopus
    Scholarly articles in all disciplines, including psychology. This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify
  • Web of Science
    Scholarly articles in all disciplines, including psychology. This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify.

Databases in related fields

  • Gender Studies
    Combines the databases Women's Studies International and Men's Studies with the coverage of sexual diversity issues.  Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, working papers and dissertations
  • MEDLINE
    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) premier bibliographic database, containing millions of references to journal articles in the life sciences, with a concentration on biomedicine.
    There are three different interfaces to the same data: MEDLINE in EBSCOhost | MEDLINE in Ovid | MEDLINE in Web of Science.
  • Social Work Abstracts
    Social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, community organization and more.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Indexes the international literature in sociology, and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Finding Articles

Articles, essays, book chapters, conference proceedings, etc., can be found in databases subscribed to by Columbia University Libraries (CUL).  Barnard affiliates can access all the CUL resources, which includes over 1600 databases. 

  • The best way to access a database is via CLIO.  Each database has a special URL assigned by CUL, and you need to access the database using that URL in order to be able to read the full text articles that CUL subscribes to. (For example, the URL to use for Proquest is http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio8557099, not proquest.com).
  • If you're searching for an article in a journal that CUL doesn't subscribe to, request the article via the Borrow Direct/Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
  • For more tips, see the Database Searching Guide (from CUL)
  • Google Scholar can be a helpful resource and powerful tool in locating research papers. However, it should not be the only resource consulted. Google Scholar uses artificial intelligence and proprietary algorithms to search through vast amounts of text in nearly every subject discipline. Keep in mind that other resources, such as those found in Barnard Libguides, may be more targeted and curated for researching within a particular field.