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Psychology Research Guide

This guide is designed to help SNHU users finding research on psychology related topics.

Welcome to the Psychology Guide!

This guide is your one-stop library resource for scholarly and non-scholarly books and eBooks, databases and journals, web resources, research tips and tools, career information, and more on psychology or related topics! In this guide you'll also find information on library services, tools, and other web resources to help you write your papers, do your presentations, cite your sources, and more.

Use the blue buttons on the left to navigate through the guide and find what you need. Ask a librarian ( if you need additional assistance!

Psychology is a fascinating and varied discipline. Often, you'll find that the core resources below contain the information you need for your research. Also look to the menu on the left, where librarians have identified helpful resources for specific areas of research within psychology.

Core Psychology Resources

For many topics and research questions in Psychology, you'll find the resources below helpful. Icons indicate what kind of resources are included in each database.


Video tutorial on using Shapiro Library Psychology databases

Psychology Associations

Types of Psychology Sources

There are many sources you will encounter as you research in psychology. These sources have different characteristics. Take care to match the sources you use to your projects.

Types of Psychology Sources
Publication Type Examples Content Authors Audience Reviewed by
Academic Journals Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health Original research, In-depth, Specific, Sources cited Scholars and Practitioners Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Popular News and Magazines Psychology Today Brief articles on topics of general interest, Advertisements Journalists General Public Editors
Case Studies
(site also includes other types of content)

Detailed examination and analysis of a specific case Scholars and Practitioners Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Government Information

National Institute of Mental Health

Research, Health Guidelines Government Agencies, including NIH and CDC Scholars, Students Government Agencies

Find More with a Google Search

It's true that you can find some high-quality, trustworthy websites to use in your research. If you're going to use websites, make sure to evaluate your sources thoroughly. Check out our Google Like a Librarian guide for search tips or Ask a Librarian ( if you need more help.

Google Web Search

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Each result in a Google Search has options beneath it including: Citation for the article in 5 formats & export to various citation managers; "Cited by" lists all the articles written more recently that cite the article; and related articles. If the full text is available, it will appear as a link to the right of the citation. The link below demonstrates how to link Google Scholar to the Shapiro Library databases. Google Scholar searches may be narrowed down by date in the left margin of the results list.