Subject Guides: Psychology

Core Databases

Premier database of scholarly and professional literature in psychology and related areas. information about this database

ScienceDirect College Edition Health and Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
A database of 1000+ full-text Elsevier journals in the areas of health, life, and physical sciences. information about this database

Other Recommended Databases

Search Central: Psychology
Search Central is a federated search engine for searching across Trexler Library's electronic resources from one simple interface. With this single search, you are combing through major Psychology databases all at once. The results are presented in a consolidated list. Additional options allow you to list results by topic and show you which databases hold your search results.

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Indexes journals in sociology, psychology, political science, health, social work, education, and more.

Full-text papers pertinent to the study of cognition in the areas of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, biology, philosophy, and some medicine and anthropology. information about this database

Premier database in education, funded by the US Department of Education. Especially useful for topics related to learning and cognition.

Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago. information about this database

A database with some full text articles covering various academic subjects including general sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. information about this database

PILOTS Database
Index to literature on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

Full-text of articles from over 60 journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations. Note that these articles are indexed in PsycINFO.

PubMed (Medline)
A database of citations and abstracts (with some links to full-text articles) in the fields of medicine, psychology, health care, and more.

Sage Journals Online
Full-text access to over 500 journals published by Sage, providing wide coverage of scholarly publications in all disciplines, but particularly the social sciences. information about this database

Social Services Abstracts
Covers social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Over 1,700 journals from Springer-Verlag with coverage from 1997 to present. Subjects covered focus on the natural sciences, but also include significant titles in behavioral sciences, humanities, social sciences and law.

Popular Magazine and News Articles

LexisNexis Academic
Full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more. information about this database

Breaking news and feature articles on a wide variety of science topics relevant to psychology. Updated several times a day.

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.

Online Reference Sources

Annual Review of Psychology
Summary and analysis of research in the field of psychology, published annually.  Good for an overview of the current state of research on a given topic.  Print version of volumes 1-60 (1950-2009) also available in the Trexler Library Main Collection at 150.5 A615.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (2005)

Credo Reference Online
Great psychology reference books are included in this reference sources databases. Search across all titles or narrow your search to just social sciences titles.

Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology (2004)
Print version (2004) also available in the Trexler Library Reference Collection at 158 E56o v.1-3.

Print Reference Sources

APA Dictionary of Psychology
Call Number: 150.3 A639d

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (3rd ed., 2001)
Call Number: 150.3 E562o, 2001 v.1-4

Encyclopedia of Psychology (2000)
Call Number: 150.3 E563o v.1-8

Handbook of Psychology (2003)
Call Number: 150 H236o v.1-12

DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text revision, 2000)
Call Number: 616.89 A512d4, 2000
Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM-IV-TR provides diagnostic criteria and a classification system for mental disorders. 

DSM-IV Sourcebook (1994-1998)
Call Number: 616.89075 A512d4, Suppl. v.1-4
Collection of the clinical and research data used to inform the development of the DSM-IV. 

Statistical Sources

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.  Full access available only to Muhlenberg faculty, students, and staff who create accounts using their Muhlenberg email addresses.


American Psychological Association
Find subject-based resources and news, as well as information about graduate study, funding, careers, and more from the American Psychological Association, a key association in the field of Psychology.  

Association for Psychological Science
Find relevant links, publication information, and more from "a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level."

Intute: Psychology
Directory of high quality web content related to Psychology.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

Resources for Current Students (Psychology Department, Muhlenberg College)
A wealth of information for psychology students on a variety of topics, including: reading primary sources; designing and running a study; statistics; writing a paper; presenting research; graduate school; career information; and more.

Other Items of Interest

Interlibrary Loan
The Interlibrary Loan Office service provides access to materials not owned by Muhlenberg College. Interlibrary loan service supports the study and research needs of Muhlenberg College students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and some affiliates.

Ulrichs Web Periodicals Directory
Provides information on journals and magazines, including if a journal is peer-reviewed, reviews, bibliographic information, and more.

Citation Tools

Citation Guides
Find information on a variety of citation styles, including APA Style.

Zotero is a "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources."  Download and learn more from  Additional step-by-step instructions are available at