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Psychology Subject Page

My name is Celine Campbell and I am the Subject Librarian for Nursing & Human Sciences (SNHS) at DCU. I am happy to meet with students or staff from the SNHS.

I can help with developing a search strategy, effectively finding information from databases and also can help with saving and using references.

 To arrange a meeting with me you can call or email. Alternatively, you may drop into the library to see if I am free. I am generally free from 9am-5pm (except on Mondays when I work from 1.30pm-10pm). 


01 700 5923




Books are shelved in the library according to two things – the loan type and the subject matter. The loan type determines in which part of the library books are located. For example, if a book is an essential text for a whole class then it might be put into the short loan collection on the ground floor so that more people can access it. Short loan items can be borrowed for either 3 hrs or 48 hrs. Other copies of the book might be put into the main lending collection, which is on 1st and 2nd floors and can be borrowed for either 1 week or 3 weeks.

The subject matter of the book is described by assigning a specific subject number (Dewey no.). The Dewey number determines how the books are arranged on the shelves. The main Dewey numbers for nursing related topics are as follows:


This is a part of a typical book record that you would get when you look up the library catalogue. The Shelfmark contains the information you need to know to be able to locate this book. So from this record you can see that there are some copies of this book in 48 hour loan (short loan, ground floor) and other copies in Main Lending, both 1 week and 3 weeks. Then it gives the Dewey number (subject number) and finally the first three letters of the author's surname. There may be many books with the same Dewey number, but they will be shelved alphabetically according to the authors' surname. The catalogue record also shows you how many copies are in each loan type and whether or not they are currently on loan or are available to borrow.

Reference Books are a good starting point for getting definitions and broad overviews of a topic. Reference books are located on the ground floor of the library to the left of the turnstiles as you enter. They may not be taken out of the library.

Selected Reference books:


The library currently provides access to thousands of  e-books. When you search the library catalogue you can refine your search by choosing "E-Books" on the left hand side of the screen. When you click on the link to view the book you may be asked to verify yourself as a registered student by logging in with your computer username and password (Novel login).

E-book collections:

Apart from individual titles accessible via the catalogue, we also have searchable collections of e-books within specific subject areas available via the A-Z of Databases e.g. PsycBooks is a collection of books in the area of psychology.



We currently hold approximately 30,000 full text journals across all subjects. Most of these are in electronic format and others are in either print only or print and electronic format. All of them are accessible via the A-Z of Journals list.


When you have a journal reference, for example from a reading list, you can check the A-Z of Journals list to see can you get the full text of the article. Just enter the journal title (not the article title) to see do we subscribe to it and, if so, what dates do we hold. We often have the same journal available from several sources and for different date ranges. From there you can either get the journal from the shelves if it's in print format or click on the links provided to get the electronic version. Just make sure to check the date coverage before deciding which link to click on.




The following is a list of the most important research databases for Psychology and related areas. A full list of all of our databases is available from the A to Z of databases.

The definitive psychology abstracts database providing systematic coverage of the psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. More than 2,450 journal titles covered.  Other indexed material includes books, book chapters and dissertations abstracts.

Web of Science (SSCI - Social Science Citation Index)
Web of Science is a multidisciplinary citation database providing access to 9,760 of the worlds highest impact research journals. It consists of three databases: Science Citation Index; Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Cochrane Library
The prime source of evidence-based healthcare. Contains Systematic Reviews, Controlled Trials Register and more. This database is freely available to anyone on the island of Ireland.

CINAHL Complete
Indexing for approximately 3,000 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health.  In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. Full text of approx 750 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.
- MEDLINE via OVID   Help Guide
- PubMed: freely available version of Medline. Tutorial

Key E-Books Databases for Psychology

PsycBooks is the APA's full text e-book collection in the area of psychology. It provides access to 778 books published by APA, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950–2002, 1,027 classic resources in psychology and exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.  PsycBooks is indexed in and links directly from PsycINFO. 

Oxford Scholarship Online Psychology Collection      Tutorial
Oxford Scholarship Online provides access to 80 full text e-books in the areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive development. It features all titles from the renowned Oxford Psychology Series Full title list here.

Other Relevant Databases

Academic Search Complete
Full text access to over 5,000 peer reviewed journals in a range of disciplines including business, psychology, education and communications.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Full-text access to JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) plus 9 speciality journals.  AMA Journals are among the most widely circulated family of peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Each journal ranks among the top clinical journals in its respective field in terms of citations.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts.
ASSIA is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

BioMed Central
BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.  Browse or search the research articles of 175 journals.  Students and researchers of DCU can publish an unlimited number of articles in Biomed Central journals at no cost.

BMJ Journals Online
Full-text access to the British Medical Journal plus 18 other leading medical journals. 

Current Protocols
Full-text access to 7 Wiley Interscience Current Protocols titles: Bioinformatics; Cell Biology; Immunology; Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Protein Science

ERIC International
ERIC International consists of three abstract databases which can be searched together or separately:

* The Australian Education Index is Australia's largest source of education information. Its sources include reports, books, journal articles, online resources, conference papers, book chapters and theses. Coverage: 1977 to date.
* The British Education Index provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. Its sources include over 300 education and training journals, mostly published in the UK, plus an array of other material including books, reports, series and conference papers. Coverage: 1975 to date.
* ERIC (the US Educational Resources Information Center) is the world's largest education database, indexing over 650 journals, as well as grey literature. Publication types include journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports and policy papers. Coverage: 1966 to date.

ESRI Reports
Full-text of the Economic and Social Research Institute publications. Search or browse and download PDF documents. Covers a wide range of topics including education, health, gender issues, housing, industrial development, and social disadvantage.

Health Source Nursing - Academic Edition
This resource provides more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong.  In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

Now Taylor & Francis Online

Archive of 117 core scholarly journals in Anthropology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics. Coverage: Varies according to title.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkinson journals
Full-text access to 25 Lippincott Williams & Wilkinson titles in the field of Biomedicine.  LWW is a leading publisher of professional health information for physicians, nurses, specialised clinicians and students.

National Documentation Centre on Drug Misuse
A unique information resource providing Irish researchers with access to the Electronic Library of Irish drug-related research and policy documents.  Part of the Health Research Board.

Oxford Journals Online
Consists of 169 online journals from arts, social science, scientific, technical, medical, professional and humanities disciplines. Includes access to JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

Oxford Scholarship Online Pyschology Collection     Tutorial
Oxford Scholarship Online provides access to 80 full text e-books in the areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive development. It features all titles from the renowned Oxford Psychology Series Full title list here.

Palgrave Social and Cultural Studies Collection
Provides access to 100 E books and spans a large range of subject areas including sociology, social policy, social work, criminology, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, education and gender studies.

PsycArticles        Guide to basic features (pdf)
PsycArticles is a definitive source of searchable full text articles on current issues in psychology. It covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 140,000 searchable full text articles from 60 journals published by the APA and allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 60 journals.  You can also access the fulltext of this database via linked abstracts in PsycINFO database.

SAGE Journals Online
SAGE Publications publishes over 460 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine.

Science Direct         Database Guide (pdf)
(now incorporating Academic Press and Harcourt Health Sciences)
Full-text access to approx 1,200 Elsevier titles plus journals from Academic Press and Harcourt Health Sciences. Allows simultaneous searching of MEDLINE. 

Scopus is one of the largest multi-disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources. It offers access to over 16,000 titles from more than 4000 international publishers, with abstracts available back to 1966. Citation data is available from 1996. Coverage includes scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature including, arts and humanities. There are also 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices as well as links to 'Articles in Press' from over 3,000 journals.

Social Services Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Sociological Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences.

SpringerLink (incorporating Kluwer titles)
Full-text access to more than 1100+ peer reviewed science, technology, humanities, law and medicine journals.

Taylor & Francis Online  
Previously Informaworld. Access to 1000+ peer reviewed journal titles published by Taylor and Francis, and a selection of journals published by Routledge and Psychology Press, covering arts & humanities, social sciences, sport, physics, mathematics, and chemistry.
Database tutorials

Wiley InterScience
Full-text access to over 460 Wiley journals covering subject areas including: business, chemistry, computer science, engineering, law, life sciences, mathematic, physics, psychology and social sciences. Register to take advantage of alerting services and stay on top of the latest developments in your field.  Now includes access to Electronic Reference Works.

Non-Subject Specific Databases

Dissertation Abstracts
Dissertations Abstracts is the largest single source of information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses available. It contains over 2 million entries, ranging from the first U.S. dissertation accepted in 1861 to those accepted just this semester

Index to Theses
This database provides summaries of theses accepted for higher degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland.  Irish theses can also be searched separately - Search Irish material only
Coverage: 1716 - to date

Journal Citation Reports (Science and Social Science Editions)
Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource tool that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals. Find information such as:most frequently cited journals; highest impact journals; hottest journals; leading journals; and most published articles in a field.

Oxford Reference Online
Includes over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas including Medicine and Biological Sciences.  It offers the very best in quick reference information together with authoritative, in-depth articles by world-famous authors.

A web based bibliographic manager that allows you to create a personalised database of resources by importing references from text files or online databases. Use these references to create a bibliography for your thesis, assignment or journal article in seconds. Online tutorial available from 'Help'.



Recommended Websites for Psychology

Psychology Organisations

Psychological Society of Ireland

British Psychological Society American Psychological Association
European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA) European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations (EFPSA) 
Psychology Gateways
INTUTE best of the Web PsychWeb PEP-Web
PINAKES subject launchpad Health on the Net NeLM: useful links
PsycPORT: Psychology Newswire AllPsych Online: The virtual psychology classroom Psych-Net UK
About.Com Psychology TED Ideas worth spreading PsychCentral
Nature: Psychology Blogs  
Citing & Referencing
APA StyleIntroduction to RefWorks RefWorks Online Tutorial
Positive Psychology
The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) The European Network for Positive Psychology Positive Psychology Centre
University of Cambridge Well Being Institute Centre for Confidence and Well-being 
Government and Organisations
Irish Government Department of Health & Children World Health Organization
United Nations Women's Health Council Office for Health Management
National Council on Ageing & Older People UNHCHR (Office of the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights) Health Research Board
Health Promotion Unit Central Statistics Office Mental Health Commission
Health Information and Quality Authority Office of the Minister for Children National Children's Office
National Disability Authority Inclusion Ireland Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
British Institute of Learning Disabilities The Down Syndrome Educational Trust Rehab
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Network Irish Autism Action
The National Autistic Society Dementia Research Group Alzheimer's Disease Society
Mental Health Commission Mental Health Ireland Mental Health Foundation(UK)

Staff & Researchers

How to order Books & E-books       /       Online Order Form

Developing Your Student's Information Literacy Skills

Linking to e-resources via Moodle or the web


DORAS: DCU's Online Research Access Service

Impact Factors: keep track of who is citing you

IReL: Access to thousands of peer reviewed journals

RefWorks: online citation manager software

Research Commons: dedicated research suite

Using Other Libraries

ALCID Scheme: access collections of 18 Irish libraries

SCONUL Access: access and borrow from 157 UK and Irish libraries