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PsycINFO: About

This guide will help you naviagte through the database PsycINFO.

Subject Coverage

  • Applied psychology
  • Communication systems
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Experimental human and animal psychology
  • Personality
  • Psychological and physical disorders
  • Physiological psychology and neuroscience
  • Professional personnel and issues
  • Psychometrics and statistics
  • Social psychology
  • Social processes and issues
  • Sports psychology and leisure
  • Treatment and prevention

Publication Types

PsycINFO® indexes 8 publication types, 5 book types and 17 document types.

  • Abstract Collection
  • Bibliography
  • Chapter
  • Column/Opinion
  • Comment/Reply
  • Dissertation
  • Editorial
  • Encyclopedia Entry
  • Erratum/Correction
  • Journal Article
  • Letter
  • Obituary
  • Poetry
  • Publication Information
  • Reprint
  • Review-Book
  • Review-Media
  • Review-Software & Other
  • Classic Book
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Handbook/Manual
  • Reference Book
  • Textbook/Study Guide
  • Book
  • Authored Book
  • Edited Book
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal
  • Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal

What is PsycINFO?

PsycINFO® provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Unrivaled in its depth of psychological coverage and respected worldwide for its high quality, the database is enriched with literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, computers, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work. Nearly all records contain non-evaluative summaries, and all records are indexed using the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

Practitioners, researchers, and students working in all areas of psychology, the behavioral sciences, and other related disciplines will benefit from the information found within this essential resource. PsycINFO includes psychological research and its applications; the database is of prime relevance to many industries and research establishments worldwide. The sources include peer-reviewed journals, chapters, books and dissertations, published internationally; approximately 1,561 of the journals are comprehensively covered (“cover to cover”). Additionally, there are approximately 27 million cited references.

PsycINFO is a department of the American Psychological Association (APA) dedicated to creating products that make it easier for researchers to locate psychological literature relevant to their research topics. PsycINFO staff members locate and summarize psychologically relevant documents from a wide range of disciplines, and disseminate these summaries in forms suited to easy access and retrieval.

Benefits of PsycINFO

Since first being offered in print as Psychological Abstracts in 1927 and subsequently as the electronic database PsycINFO in 1967, the American Psychological Association has chronicled issues in psychology through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources. The current PsycINFO database enables researchers, students, faculty, librarians, government agencies, and others to conduct complete research in the field of psychology in resources dating to 1806.

Why should I use PsycINFO?
Because it :

  • Makes available online the complete file of the leading psychology database.
  • Provides quality librarians can count on.
  • Positions libraries to recapture valuable shelf space.
  • Guarantees subscribing libraries long-term access to a unique resource that indexes important and not widely held resources.
  • Contains unique material and retrospective coverage not available in other resources.
  • Helps librarians provide well-balanced information from a variety of viewpoints and sources.
  • Helps researchers and practitioners stay abreast of latest advances in the field of psychology.
  • Enables researchers and students to explore cutting-edge research.
  • Allows practitioners to follow new techniques in clinical practice.


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Selection Policy

Each publication indexed in PsycINFO has been carefully selected by a team of experts for relevance; direction advised by esteemed scholars, scientists, and librarians within APA's membership and the library community; professional coverage beyond psychology to include related disciplines such as medicine, law, social work, neuroscience, business, nursing, forensics, engineering, and more.

Publication Coverage

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