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Psychology Research: Find Articles

Research Guide for Psychology at PLNU

Ryan Library Psychology Databases

 Ryan Library Databases are subscriptions provided to the PLNU community for online access to journal and magazine articles and/or citations.

You will be asked to log in with your PLNU network information to access any of these databases.

The best starting points for students of psychology are:

  • PsycINFO - scholarly journal articles, from 1887 to the present, some links to full text

  • PsycARTICLES - 78 highly cited journals, all full text

Other good resources for psychology are:

  • MEDLINE with Full Text - full-text access to over 1,450 scholarly journals... includes good coverage of clinical psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, therapeutic and community psychology, and much more.

  • ScienceDirect - selected full-text scholarly journal articles from the Elsevier publisher

  • Wiley Online - full-text scholarly journal articles in psychology and other disciplines

For more general information or to look for additional articles, try one of these:

Google Scholar

Search the scholarly web for psychology information resources.

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

What is the difference? This video explains it well:

Database Search Strategies

Need Full Text for a Specific Article?


allows members of the PLNU community to request articles from another library.

Before you request an article, it is important that you complete the following steps (in this order) to verify that the article is not available at PLNU:

  1. Find out if the journal is full text in one of our databases. 
  2. Find out if the journal (hard copy) is located in Ryan Library.  (NOTE: If you are a student, faculty or staff at one of PLNU's Regional Centers, and the journal is at Ryan Library, we will scan the article and email it to you.  Use ILLiad to request the article, but type "In Ryan Library" in the Notes field on your request.)
  3. Request the article from another library via ILLiad. (See login box to right.)
    • If you have never used ILLiad before, click on First Time Users button.
    • If you are off-campus and need to check our databases, see the box below for instructions.
    • FYI, ILLiad works best in Mozilla Firefox and Safari browsers (there are some problems with Internet Explorer).

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