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This guide provides descriptions of commonly used library resources for research and scholarship in the field of psychology.

3) Use the databases

NYU Libraries licenses over 1,500 databases to support the discovery of and access to academic scholarship and research literature. 

On this page, you will learn about specific databases used for finding resources in Social Work and Psychology. The accompanying videos will demonstrate how to use these databases effectively.

On the next page, 4) Get articles, books, journals you will learn how to use BobCat, the library catalog, to find print materials as well as other useful services.

PsycINFO (via APA PsycNET)

PsycINFO, the most popular database in PsycNET, is a bibliographic index covering core literature in the psychological and behavioral sciences and their related disciplines.
Altogether, PsycNET provides information about and access to journal articles, books, dissertations, conference presentations, tests & measures, videos, and gray literature in the psychological, social, and behavioral sciences.

PsycINFO Tutorial (Run-time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds)

Social Services Abstracts

Indexes scholarly articles, book reviews, and dissertations on social work, human services, social welfare and social policy. Dates of coverage: 1979 to present.

Social Services Abstracts Tutorial (Run-time: 1 minute, 29 seconds)

Web of Science

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary citation index that includes scholarly articles, conference proceedings, and books in the biomedical, psychosocial, and arts and humanities. The database contains Social Sciences Citation Index, a full bibliographic and cited reference data for journals in communication, education, geography, history & philosophy of the social sciences, law, political science, public health, social issues & sociology.

Web of Science Tutorial (Run-time: 5 minutes, 38 seconds)

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a central search for scholarly literature. It covers disciplines and sources, peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Google Scholar Tutorial (Run-time: 3 minutes, 6 seconds)