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Psychology Subject Guide: Databases

Your search strategy

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Spend a very worthwhile 30 minutes or so on our highly recommended e-tutorial LETSfind. This tutorial will show you how to:

  • search Summon, the Library's discovery service (which searches multiple databases at once)
  • run simple and more advanced searches in our databases
  • use Google Scholar and our tips for better Web searching
  • make sure you're finding the most appropriate, high-quality information you need for your assignments

What's a database?

Before databases came along, we relied on indexes, abstracts, contents pages, and a whole lot of reading when trying to find material relevant to our research.

Databases are incredibly powerful engines that allow us to search the content of thousands of journal articles by keyword, as well as provide us with electronic access to the full text of many of them. Some databases are multi-disciplinary whilst others are discipline-specific. 

Lots of our databases are made available to us via the nationally funded IReL consortium (IReL stands for the Irish Research eLibrary), some we subscribe to as an institution; others are freely available online.

Below are databases we recommend for finding journal articles on engineering topics.

Databases we recommend for Psychology

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