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Find Databases

As a student in Psychology, you have access to specialized databases which include respected journals and search tools specifically for your field. You can access these databases from anywhere! 

  • To access the databases, go to the University Libraries Homepage
  • Select Databases under 'Popular Services and Resources'
  • To find a databases specific to psychology, choose Psychology in the All Subjects drop-down menu
  • Or, click on one of the letters to find a database by name

Search Tips for Databases

As a psychology student, you have two highly specialized databases that will be important for your research: APA PsycInfo and PsycArticles. Watch the two videos below to see examples of how to use these databases to find research articles. 


Step 1: Find an Empirical Research Article: Psychology (Video)


Step 2: Advanced Search Skills: Psychology (Video)


Quick search tips:

  • You may have to run several searches using different keywords before finding the results you need. This is totally normal!
  • Narrow your results - most database results page will have limiters like 'publication date' and 'item type' on the left hand side of the page
  • If your search results include subjects listed under the item title and publication information, use those subjects! Sometimes you will find a new term that you can use as a keyword in your search.

Find and Browse Journals

Journal Search

This library resource allows you to:

  • Search for a particular journal by title
  • Browse journals by title or subject

Use the link above, or find Journal Search on the Libraries homepage or on the OneSearch results page. 

Search Google Scholar

Do you like Google Scholar? Make sure to include BSU Libraries' resources in your search so that you get access to as many full text options as possible.

Here's how:

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on Scholar Settings
  • Select Library Links and enter Ball State University
  • Check the box for "Ball State University - MultiLink @ Ball State."
  • After doing your search in Google Scholar, click on MultiLink for articles to see if they are available in full text through BSU subscriptions