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Introduction to Theory Based Research and Writing - PSYC/SOCI 175 Resource Guide: Find Articles

Introduction to theory-based research and writing in social and behavioral sciences.

Find Articles

PsycARTICLES and Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection are the library's best databases for finding journal articles on psychology-related topics.

SocINDEX with Full Text is the library's best database for finding journal articles on sociological topics.

See the links below to access these databases.

PsycARTICLES Database

This database is an excellent source for journal articles on psychology and related topics.

PsycARTICLES contains only peer-reviewed journals.

Would you like more information on what this database contains?  If so, click on the link below for "Introduction to PsycARTICLES." 

  • The Thesaurus Authority File contains the subject headings from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. This controlled vocabulary, also known as index terms or descriptors, is used by APA indexers to describe the content of a document. Subjects are indexed for every record using major and minor descriptors which describe the primary and secondary focus of the document. Subject headings which describe the major focus of a document are preceded by an asterisk (*) in the PsycARTICLES record.
  • The Thesaurus is arranged in a hierarchy that permits searching various levels of detail from the most general level to more narrow levels to find the most precise concept. Thesaurus entries include indexing notations, scope notes, 'use', 'used for', narrow, broader, and related terms.
  • The authority file provides flexibility in searching. As an alternative to the keyword search mode, the authority file enables the user to search by subject and to combine one or more terms to create more defined searches. Select the Alphabetical option to position the authority file list to the term(s) entered. Select Relevancy Ranked to order search results according to relevance.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection Database

This database is another excellent place to find journal articles on psychology and related topics.

SocINDEX with Full Text

This database is an excellent place to find journal articles dealing with sociological topics.

Request It!

"Request It" is Columbia College's interlibrary loan service. If you are unable to locate a particular item in either the Columbia College Catalog, the MOBIUS Catalog or by using the search feature on the Find E-Journals tab, please feel free to request it via the following link. The library will then try to obtain the material for you.

Please note: This service currently does not operate on the weekends.  You may still make requests, however they will not be submitted until the following Monday. Please expect article requests to take an average of 3 days and requests for books, videos, etc., generally take 2 to 4 weeks.

Request It! is currently unable to accept requests for video and music formats.  Users CAN make requests for journal articles and books. Please contact the library directly if there is a film or other audio/visual format you would like to request in the meantime and we will be happy to assist you! 

Help with Using Databases and Finding Articles

  • Contact us for help.  See the contact information on the Welcome page of this guide.
  • Most databases have a help feature on the toolbar or somewhere else on the page.  It will have search tips for that database.
  • See also the box below for Basic Information on Searching a Database.
  • For information on finding articles in peer-reviewed journals, see the Understand Peer Review page of this guide. 

Basic Information on Searching a Database

Stafford Library subscribes to databases containing the content of published journals, newspapers, magazines, and reference books.  When using databases:

  • Choose an appropriate subject-specific or multiple-subject database.
  • Many databases have a basic and an advanced search option.  Try using the advanced option for its capability to refine your search.
  • Limiters allow you to restrict your search results, for example, to full-text sources, to scholarly/peer-reviewed/refereed journals, or to certain types of sources, such as articles, book reviews, case studies, or primary source documents.  Limiters are usually in the advanced search option.
  • Look for subject terms listed in the descriptive information for the articles brought up in your search.  These subject headings can be good words  to enter as a search term, especially if you choose the option to search them as a subject.
  • Some databases have a link for "subjects," "subject terms," or "thesaurus."  Using that feature, you can enter a search term to see if that particular database classifies it as an official subject heading or to learn of a different term the database uses as the subject heading. 
  • Most databases have a help feature on the toolbar or somewhere else on the page.  It will have search tips for that database.
  • Contact us for help.  See our contact information on the Welcome page of this guide. 

Other Databases to Use

For other databases to use for psychology, see the Find Articles page of the Psychology Resource Guide.

For other databases to use for sociology, see the Find Articles page of the Sociology Resource Guide.