Journal indexes and databases enable you to trace articles on a subject or by an author from a range of journals. Some contain the full-text of journals, some are indexes only (giving the details of articles published but not the full article itself) and some are a mix of the two. If we don't have access to a journal you will often be able to see an abstract, or summary, of the journal article. This should help you decide how important it is to you especially when you are doing a main independent studies project.
Library Plus includes many of our journal indexes and databases and so is a very good starting point but you may also wish to search other databases separately to get the most out of their search features or because the database is more specific to what you want.
PsycINFO is produced by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the largest psychology database devoted to peer-reviewed literature on psychology, behavioural science and mental health. It indexes around 2500 journals from the 1800s and whilst it does not include the full text of any journals, if the library has paid for a journal then there should be a link to the full journal article.
PsycINFO is included in Library Plus but you may wish to search it separately as it has specific search features. e.g. it allows you to narrow searches for example by age, population group or methodology.
PsycARTICLES (included in Library Plus)
The Psychology Test Bank is a collection of scales, questionnaires and measures which have been requested by Psychology staff and students, and which are freely available either in the public domain or have been cleared for use in research. Students can request a PDF copy of any of these scales from the Psychology Department which will be sent out as an email attachment.
‘If you wish to request a scale from the Psychology Test Bank, or would like a scale adding, please fill in the online web form.
Web of Science (included in Library Plus)
Web of Science (within Web of Knowledge) includes the Science Citation Index (1970-), the Social Science Citation Index and Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-), which are worldwide indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings. There are no full-text journal articles, but each article displayed has a link 'Check our e-journals A-Z' to see if we subscribe to the journal article. One powerful feature is that it informs you which journal articles have subsequently cited a particular article.
It also includes the bibliographic referencing tool Endnote Web. See the Referencing Software guide for more information.