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Graduate Psychology: Start Your Research Here


This guide helps you find the resources your professors expect you to use in your psychology program. You will find:

  • How-to videos and tutorials
  • Articles, databases, and books for scholarly psychology-related research
  • Specialized resources for specific classes and research areas
  • Support for APA citations and Zotero research management

Database Search Tips

Database Searching
  • Look for Advanced Search option
  • Combine search terms (AND)
  • Use alternative terms (OR)
  • Limit: peer-reviewed, publication date
  • Avoid limiting by full-text availability
  • Get better keywords from subject headings
  • Truncation/wildcard (adolesc*)
Citation Trails
  • Check introduction, lit review, and references of helpful articles
  • Use Google Scholar “cited by” for more recent
We Don’t Have It?

START HERE: Databases with General Psychology Content

These databases have a lot of articles on psychology research. They are a good place to start your search. 

Other Common Resources



Most of your grad-level research will come from articles, dissertations, and government reports. These are found in the databases and resources linked above. 

You will sometimes need books for historical context, background, overviews, or theory on a topic. Use the search box below to find print books and ebooks available through the Brenau library.


Your Librarian

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Emily Thornton
Norcross Campus, Room 448
Gainesville Campus, Trustee Library
(770) 531-3165