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Psychology: Researching a Topic

Journal Articles

Search for the journal by title in ejournals@cambridge. (Help with using the ejournals@cambrigde search is given here.)

If the relevant year is covered, click on the active link provided and navigate to the article.

Where the relevant year is not covered by an ejournal, carry out an Exact search of the journal title in LibrarySearch to discover print holdings in Cambridge.

If your search of online and print holdings is unsuccessful, contact the Library ( to use the document delivery service.


Check your Moodle course site for scans of articles recommended on reading lists, where the University does not have access to the online version.


Use the abstract and indexing databases to carry out a general subject search. 

If you are doing a literature review, read the Psychology Library's Literature Review page for useful tips and links to helpful books.

Google Scholar is great at finding links to the full text of known items. Set your Library Preferences to Cambridge and maximise the strength of your search by using the advanced search option.

Reasons why you should not rely on Google Scholar as your only research tool:

  • You don't know precisely what it is indexing. With the other databases described in this LibGuide, you can check their source lists. 
  • Because you don't know what GS is indexing, you do not necessarily know whether the material has been peer reviewed. The other databases described in this LibGuide emphasise peer-reviewed material, and allow you to limit your search to include only peer-reviewed content.
  • Google searches very broadly, and you end up with a vast number of search results, very many of which may be irrelevant to you.

Science Open is a research platform offering excellent search and discovery with smart filters.

To get started read Getting Started at Science Open

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E-resource Help

For questions about e-resources, (journals, ebooks, databases)  see these Frequently Asked Questions. Please also feel free to get in touch with your subject specialist librarian.

Research Data Management and Issues

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