There are lots of resources for Psychology available in the library – textbooks, journals, electronic
materials, databases and more. This factsheet covers where you can locate the main resources.
General psychology books are on Floor 1A of the Library in
the 150s BUT abnormal psychology and statistics are on Subject Number Floor
different floors, and social psychology books are at a Abnormal Psychology 616.89 0C
different number! Child psychology 155.4 1A
Cognition 153 1A
Developmental 155 1A
Some core textbooks from your reading lists will be
Emotions 152.4- 1A
available in the Library’s Short Loan Collection – these Health Psychology 362.1005 1A
items can usually be borrowed overnight. Also check on Intelligence 153.9 1A
myCourse for online reading lists and digitised articles. Memory 153.12 1A
Perception 152- 1A
Always use the Library Catalogue to search for books – this Personality 155.1 1A
will tell you the number and floor you need. Psychology 150- 1A
Psychoanalysis 150.1952 1A
Psychobiology 612.8 0C
Psychological testing 153.95 1A
Use these to keep up-to-date with current debate and Research methods 150.72 1A
academic research. Some are available in print in the library, Social Psychology 302 1A
Statistics (SPSS) 519 1C
whilst others you can access online. Examples include the
Therapy 616.8914 0C
British Journal of Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology
and the Journal of Memory and Language.
Keep up-to-date by browsing the most recent issues of our printed journals which are
displayed at the front of Floor 1A under Psychology. Back issues are shelved nearby by title,
with some older issues in the stacks in the Library Basement. To find a journal, search for
the title on the Library Catalogue – this tells you which years we have and where it is.
Electronic Journals (eJournals)
Many more psychology titles are available electronically – these provide quality information
online, 24/7 and you don’t even have to be on campus to access. Check the A-Z list of
eJournals on the Library Portal – this will tell you if an ejournal is available and how to
access it. See over for more information about electronic resources and passwords and
searching for articles in databases.
These are available on Floor 2 and cover lots of different topics including social psychology, mental
illness and cognitive development. Many TV programmes are now available online for you to download.
Search the Library Catalogue to find out what’s available.
Login to the Library Portal using your University username and password: www.solent.ac.uk/library
- Search Library Catalogue – search for books and more,
check and renew your loans and reserve items
- Find Electronic Resources – access key databases, the
A-Z eJournals list and CrossSearch – all online
Select Find Electronic Resources from the Library Portal and choose the Psychology subject area. Click on
the name of the eResource to start searching. Alternatively, use CrossSearch to search more than one
eResource at a time: choose a Sub Category from the left (e.g. Key Resources or ALL), tick the eResources
required and enter a simple or advanced search.
Some databases will give you the fulltext of an article, others just a short summary (abstract). Use these
icons to see if the fulltext is available elsewhere or in print: . For your dissertation, you
can get additional journal articles from other libraries using our Inter-Library Loan service.
Key Psychology databases include:
PsycINFO – the psychology database! Find references and abstracts for books, articles and
dissertations covering all aspects of psychology
PsycARTICLES – all fulltext articles from APA (American Psychological Association) journals
These databases are available via CSA Illumina – you can search them together, combine with other
social science databases, use advanced search features, set up saved searches and much more…
Social Science Citation Index – part of Web of Knowledge, this contains abstracts of articles
from top academic journals. You can set up alert features and view/search cited references.
Other databases to try include:
Academic OneFile - broad coverage of lots of journals including many fulltext articles
European Newsstand – fulltext articles from a range of UK newspapers
Medline – references to biomedical literature, including psychiatry, available via CSA Illumina
Sociological Abstracts – includes social psychology references, available via CSA Illumina
Passwords: Off campus, make sure that you Log In using your Your University login
University username and password. Some eResources have a
different login. Use to find out access information and Username = first digit of your student
instructions for each eResource. number (back of your campus card) +
first four letters of surname + first
letter of first name + last two digits of
your student number (e.g. 8truej67)
Subject guides (under Research box): Password = date of birth in format
These highlight key websites and resources and are great starting ddmmyy (e.g. 120984)
points for research. There are guides for Psychology along with
other useful resources for Research Methods and Statistics.
Try the How to succeed@referencing tutorial on myCourse select the APA Psychology tutorial
To find other academic websites, evaluated by experts, search–INTUTE: www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences
Searching the Internet:
For help researching social sciences online try the Intute Virtual Training Suite: www.vts.intute.ac.uk/
To assess the quality of websites you find, try the Internet Detective: www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/
Ask at the Enquiry Desk in the Library or contact your Information Librarian.