Referencing the sources of information you use is an essential part of academic writing and your research, it’s important to get it right. Referencing is the acknowledgment of all the sources that have been cited in your assignment, whether you have quoted directly or paraphrased.
In Psychology the APA referencing style is used.
Journals & Databases
These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.
Key Journal Collections
- PsycARTICLES Database of full-text articles from 63 journals published by the American Psychological Association.
- PsycINFO Psychology database from the American Psychological Association (APA).
Additional Journal Collections
- Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at the video tutorials.
- ScienceDirect is a collection covering life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.
- Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database, containing 24,600 journals from 5,000 publishers. It is excellent for literature reviews or for finding out what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, book chapters and more, for any subject.
- Wiley Online Library is a multidisciplinary collection of 1500 journals, covering the life, health and physical sciences.
Criminology and Psychology
If you are studying criminology and psychology also take a look at the Criminology subject pages which provide links to other resources that will be of value to you.
If you are studying educational psychology also take a look at the Teacher Training and Education subject pages which provide links to other resources that will be of value to you.
Sport and Exercise Psychology
If you are studying sports psychology also take a look at the Sport and Physical Activity subject pages which provide links to other resources that will be of value to you.
Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.
- Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
- Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
- LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
- Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.
Professional bodies are the societies and associations that promote a profession and the people working within them. Many provide useful information on their website along with regular news.
- Amedeo is a service which can send you a weekly email listing new scientific publications in your chosen field.
- American Psychological Association is the main scientific and professional organisation for psychologists in the United States.
- Association of Educational Psychologists is the professional association for educational psychologists in the UK.
- The British Psychological Society is the representative body of psychology and psychologists in the UK.
- The National Autistic Society: Autism Data contains the library catalogue of the National Autistic Society, as well as useful information about finding academic literature on autism.
- NICE Evidence Search provides access to evidence in the fields of health, social care and public health.
- PsychCentral is a website providing mental health information.
- Social Psychology Network contains information on psychological research and teaching.