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A guide to resources for psychology at the Georgia Tech Library

Scholarly sources for psychology research

Scholarly sources, which are normally published in journals, as book chapters, or in conference proceedings, usually cover specific topics at a fairly deep level. In psychology, scholarly sources may include empirical research articles or papers, case studies, literature reviews, systematic reviews, or meta-analyses.

From this page you can 

  • See recommended databases for psychology, where you can search for articles by title, author or topic 
  • Access journals in psychology, to browse recent issues and see what scholars are discussing there 
  • Browse a virtual bookshelf of books on psychology at the Georgia Tech Library
  • Learn how to read a research article

What is a database and why use one

What is a scholarly database? 

A scholarly database organizes the best quality, most relevant information for a field or discipline in one place so it can be searched. Because there is so much scholarly research and so many different fields, databases specialize in which kinds of information or tools they provide. 

Why use a scholarly database? 

Scholarly databases take into account the important publications and research methods of a field or discipline. The database helps you make choices about which articles you want to see - by subject, dates of publication, overall topic, and more. Google and Google Scholar, while vast, do no quality control on the content they provide or give you good tools to narrow your focus. 

Recommended databases for psychology

Find additional psychology databases on our A-Z Databases page. Or search for articles by author, title or topic through Articles+ in the Library Catalog. 

Find top psychology journals

Psychology books in the Georgia Tech Library

Anatomy of an article