Getting Started

Put a check next to the database(s) you want to search. To search APA’s seven databases at once, put a check next to Select ALL. This screen will show the database(s) you or your institution has access to—you might not have all seven.

Database Selection


Database descriptions

PsycINFO—contains citations and abstracts from a wide range of scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. This database includes journals, books, reviews, and dissertations. Select this database to find literature from a broad array of topics in a number of formats from hundreds of publishers. For example, you can find a journal article about hearing in rats or a review of a book on memory. Click here to view the journal coverage list.



PsycARTICLES—select this database to find full-text journal articles in subject areas such as applied psychology, health, theory, research, social/personality, and more. Here you can find full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group. The majority of the journals in this database are covered from the first volume published. Click here to view the journal coverage list.
ADEPT logo tutorial: Introduction to PsycARTICLES (YouTube video; closed captioned)



PsycBOOKS—choose this database to find full-text books. Here you will find books published by APA, classic books from as early as 1597, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology. Click here to view the list of books. Searching this database allows you to find chapters from a variety of books.  For example, if you’re looking for information about obsessive-compulsive disorders, you will find not only entire books on the subject, but also individual chapters with obsessive-compulsive disorder as the subject matter.
ADEPT logo tutorial: A Closer Look at PsycBOOKS (YouTube video; closed captioned)
 


PsycTESTS—use this database to find the actual psychological tests and measures (mostly full-text PDFs but other media also) as well as structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and so on. The database includes (a) the actual psychological tests and measures, as available; (b) full bibliographic records and descriptive summaries of tests in each record; (c) descriptive summaries of commercially available tests with links to the publisher; and (d) tests from the Archives of the History of American Psychology, for which APA has not yet identified literature. All records in PsycTESTS are indexed and include fields for validity and reliability data (when available), test purpose, construct, format, number of items, and more.

ADEPT logotutorials: You can find a series of PsycTESTS tutorials in the PsycTESTS playlist of our YouTube channel.

For additional PsycTESTS help, see the PsycTESTS help menu.
 


PsycTHERAPY—use this database to find therapy demonstration videos specifically developed to enable viewers to observe how therapists spontaneously employ different approaches and techniques in practice. The videos provide examples of some of the most renowned therapists in North America working with participants on a host of therapy topics, which, when combined with PsycTHERAPY's powerful search, clip-making, and playlist capabilities, makes this a uniquely searchable resource and educational tool.
ADEPT logo tutorial: A Closer Look at PsycTHERAPY (YouTube video; closed captioned)
 


PsycEXTRA—use this gray literature database to find credible professional material disseminated outside of peer-reviewed journals.  Here you will find resources such as conference papers, consumer brochures, and government reports published by organizations, societies, and government agencies. For example, you can find fact sheets on childhood obesity or federal government reports on homeland security.
ADEPT logo tutorial: A Closer Look at PsycEXTRA (YouTube video; closed captioned)



PsycCRITIQUES—use this database to find full-text reviews of books and films in psychology. Reviews can be an invaluable time-saving resource for instructors or other professionals. For example, when selecting books or films for classroom instruction, professors or librarians may want to read reviews in PsycCRITIQUES to narrow their selection rather than reviewing a number of books or films.
ADEPT logo tutorial: A Closer Look at PsycCRITIQUES (YouTube video; closed captioned)