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Social Sciences Research Guide

Guide for ANT (anthropology), MCG (multicultural and gender studies), PSY (psychology), and SOC (sociology) courses.

Search Tips for PSYCHOLOGY

  • When searching the database think about the different keywords and vocabulary associated with your topic and try MULTIPLE searches and databases
  • Keep your searches SIMPLE to start; the MORE search terms in your search the FEWER results you'll get
  • Use PHRASE searching when searching for multi-word terms to improve your results. This involves putting your search words in quotation marks when you search so the database searches for the terms together as a phrase. EXAMPLES:
    • "post-traumatic stress"
    • "adolescent development"
    • "Maslow’s hierarchy"
  • LIMIT your results to specific time periods and dates using the FILTERS, LIMITERS, and ADVANCED SEARCH features


Find Articles & Books in the Pathways College Library Databases

Access to Academic Search Elite and Ebook Central require special log-ins. Check your student email for your username and password, or contact the librarian if you can't find it.

Free Online Psychology Journals

The following is a selection of psychology journals that can be accessed freely online, no log-in required.

  • Abnormal and Behavioural Psychology - Peer reviewed medical journal that makes significant contributions to the major areas of psychology & well-being.
  • Addictive Behaviors - International peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality human research on addictive behaviors and disorders since 1975.
  • Current Psychology Letters - Publishes short papers reporting original findings that warrant rapid communication to the scientific community.
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior - Provides an overview of the epigenetic, hormonal and neurological developments that takes place during Child and Adolescence.
  • Journal of Depression and Anxiety - Open Access journal that aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in the areas of depression, anxiety, and their treatment.
  • Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy - A source for the latest findings in cognitive, behavioral, developmental, health and educational psychology.
  • Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment - A peer-reviewed scholarly journal that aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in all areas pertaining to traumatic stress
  • International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology - Examines the field of educational psychology including the effectiveness of educational interventions, the psychology of teaching, and the social psychology of schools as organizations, as well as the coverage of developmental psychology including cognitive and emotional development.
  • Learning & Memory - Provides a forum for investigations into issues in the form of research papers and review articles.

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