Psychology Web Resources

Psychology Web Resources

Open-Access Journals and Theses | Statistics and Trials | Topic-Specific Websites |General Psychology Websites |APA Writing Guides | News Sources | Organizations and Professional Support Multi-Disciplinary Full-Text and Index Sources |Blogs |


Open Access Journals and Theses  

PubMed Central Free full-text medical journal articles from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. Search for specific journal titles or by research topic.

Theses Canada  Provides a searchable catalog of all Canadian theses published since 1965, many of which are available in full-text electronic versions free to students and scholars.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  Free full-text journal articles covering a wide range of research subjects including health sciences, life sciences, business, law and political sciences.

SAGE Open  Free peer-reviewed research and review journal articles covering social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.  Browse by subject, search by subject or title or listen to the available podcasts.

BioMed Central  Free access to over 200 peer-reviewed science, technology and medicine journals.

Digital Commons Network Provides full-text open access to 600,000+ peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work from hundreds of universities and colleges. This constantly growing body of publications is curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, and represents thousands of disciplines and subject areas.

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Statistics and Trials

Bureau of Justice Statistics  A free website from the Department of Justice covering a wide range of statistics, searchable publications, and key facts. Also provides data analysis tools and links to other topic-based government websites.  Provides free access to information on clinical studies that cover a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. The site contains over 125,000 trials with locations in 181 countries. 

National Center for Health Statistics: Fast Stats A to Z  FastStats provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance, organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages. Includes free full-text PDF chapters and articles.

CIA World Factbook Provides statistical information on the people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation and transnational issues of over 267 world entities.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) provides public use data files and documentation related to collection, analysis, and dissemination of behavioral health data. Data sets can be downloaded in variety of formats, including SAS, SPSS, Stata, etc.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data  The mission of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data.  The NACJD acquires, archives, processes, and provides access to computer-readable criminal justice data collections for research.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections  Research Connections offers public access to child care and early education research data, some of which have never before been publicly available. Researchers can download analysis-ready data directly to their desktop or analyze selected data online free of charge

Neuroscience Information Framework  The Neuroscience Information Framework is a dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources: data, materials, and tools accessible via any computer connected to the Internet. Access data-sets via the NIF Navigator at the right side of the page.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives  The Roper Center archives over 17,000 data sets for analyzing social trends, finding answers to individual questions or conducting more detailed secondary analysis.  Includes free downloads of survey questionnaires and documentation.  Most datasets are available upon request although some require a fee.

The Kinsey Institute – Data Archives  Data archive sources primarily related to human sexuality, compiled by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) The world’s largest archive of digital social science data, containing 10 archives on topics including substance abuse, criminal justice and aging.

TheDataWeb Includes federal census, economic, health, income, family and labor data.  This website includes tutorials for handling a variety of data types.

Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this site provides data on approximately 3,000 participants from 13 clinical trials of substance abuse treatments.

Add Health (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health) Four waves of health, behavior and social contexts data on about 21,000 people first surveyed in 1994 who are being followed into adulthood. It also includes some parent and biomarker data. The restricted-use contract includes four hours of free consultation with appropriate staff; after that, there’s a fee for help. Researchers can also share information through a listserv devoted to the database.

The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development Longitudinal data on more than 1,000 children and their families, designed to address the relationship between child care and children’s development. Beginning in 1991, researchers have followed the same children from birth to adolescence, using an extensive array of variables and measures.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Human Genetics Initiative Phenotype data, genotype data and biomaterials (such as DNA samples and cell line cultures) on more than 4,000 people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and depression, 4,000 controls and 12,000 of their relatives.

The MRI Study of Normal Brain Development MRI data on a representative sample of approximately 500 children and young adults enrolled in a longitudinal study of normal brain development, as well as behavioral, psychological and neuropsychological data.

Neuromorpho The world’s largest centralized, curated repository of digital reconstructions of neurons, representing a wide variety of species, brain regions and cell types. It contains colorful two-dimensional images as well as a virtual reality display that allows you to manipulate, zoom or rotate the images.

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Topic-specific Websites

The Personality Project  A portal to numerous resources relevant to the study of personality theory, including: recommended readings, online research projects, journals, personality taxonomies, and other resources.  Maintained by Bill Revelle at NWU.

PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress)  An online index of publications covering PTSD and traumatic stress provided by the National Center for PTSD. Search this free citation-only database by keyword. To access articles check our databases to see if we have the full-text or request them through interlibrary loan.

 DSM-5 Development  Publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 will mark one the most anticipated events in the mental health field. As part of the development process, the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are now available for public review. This site will provide updates to criteria and the most current information about the development process.

The Whole Brain Atlas  MRI views of the normal and diseased human brain. Collaboration of MIT and Harvard University.

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General Psychology Websites

PsychCentral  Provides numerous psychology resources including forums for mental health professionals, information on specific disorders, a prescription drug reference guide, a list of news headlines and much more.

AmoebaWeb  Hosted by Vanguard University, this site provides thousands of links to a variety of psychology-related websites.

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A-Z Index  Comprehensive index of topics and features covered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Typical entries include a brief overview of the subject, relevant data and statistics, CDC and other government-sponsored articles and diagnosis and treatment information.

 National Institute of Mental Health  Includes a wealth of information on NIMH and related research programs, mental health statistics and listings of publications, clinical trails, treatment and news related to specific health topics.

Classics in the History of Psychology  Sponsored by York University, this site includes free full-text access to over 25 books and about 200 articles and chapters on-line. The site also contains links to over 200 relevant works posted at other sites. This site has the capacity for full-text searching as well as browsing articles by topics ranging from Medieval/Renaissance Thought to Neuropsychology and Intelligence Testing.

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APA Writing Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA Formatting and Style Guide  Comprehensive listing of the APA guidelines for writing in Psychology.  Includes general formatting guidelines, rules and recommendations for in-text citations as well as instructions and examples of reference listings for various resource formats.

APA Style Blog  APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. It’s run by a group of experts who  publish weekly about writing, publishing, and APA Style. The site explores what APA Style is and how it works in a variety of areas, including reference citations of every sort, grammar and usage, the publication process, and social media.

The Basics of APA Style (Video Tutorial)  This tutorial is designed for those who have little previous knowledge of APA Style or who may need a refresher course. It shows users how to structure and format your work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples.

What’s New in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual (Video Tutorial) This tutorial provides an overview of key changes in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual, beginning with three overarching goals that guided the revision and ending with a detailed chapter-by-chapter list of new and expanded content.

What’s New in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual (Webpage)  A general overview of the significant changes as well as the goals of the new edition.  Includes a comprehensive list of chapter by chapter changes.

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News Sources 

PsycPORT: Psychology Newswire  A Psychology newswire hosted by the APA.  Provides psychology news stories, options for RSS feeds and/or email subscriptions.  A great source for keeping up on Psychology news.  Also includes a search option as well as topical subheadings.

Psychology Today  Significant source of Psychology news.  Includes coverage of recent studies and developments in the field.  Also includes comprehensive topic streams ranging from Anxiety to Politics to Work.

Medical News Today – Psychology/Psychiatry News  The latest Psychology News & Psychiatry News articles published daily. Includes news on psychiatric treatments, rehabilitation and medications, forensic psychiatry, cognitive behavioral therapy and the functioning of the mind.

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Organizations and Professional Support

 American Psychological Association (APA)  Based in Washington, DC, the APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

 American Psychiatric Association  The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society with over 38,000 member physicians working to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders.

 Association for Psychological Science  Founded in 1988, the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)  Founded in 1936, the IPA (previously the Illinois Society of Consulting Psychologists and the Illinois Association for Applied Psychology) is the largest professional association of psychologists in Illinois.  This non-profit entity tasked with advancing psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare by the encouragement of psychology in all its branches by the continual improvement of the qualifications of psychologists through high standards of ethics, conduct, education and achievement and by the increase and dissemination of psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussion and publications.

Cognitive Science Society  The Cognitive Science Society, Inc. brings together researchers from many fields who hold a common goal: understanding the nature of the human mind. The Society promotes scientific interchange among researchers in disciplines comprising the field of Cognitive Science, including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)  The National Association of School Psychologists empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health by promoting culturally competent practices, advocating for children, youth, families and schools, enhancing professional advocacy, partnering with state associations and supporting professional development.

International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP) The IACFP is an organization of behavioral scientists and practioners who are concerned with the delivery of high-quality mental health services to criminal offenders and with promoting and disseminating research on the etiology, assessment and treatment of criminal behavior.

 Social Psychology Network  Founded by Dr. Scott Plous in 1996, the Social Psychology Network seeks to promote peace, social justice, and sustainable living through public education, research, and the advancement of psychology.

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Multi-Disciplinary Full-Text and Index Sources

HathiTrust Digital Library  A partnership of over 60 major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible.  Contains over 10 million total volumes including 5 million book titles and 275,000 series titles.  Although not all items are freely available, many are and searches can be limited to full-text only.

Project Gutenburg  Project Gutenburg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books.  Invented in 1971, Project Gutenburg  offers over 40,000 free ebooks covering a wide range of topics and disciplines.

 Internet Archive  The Internet Archive is a non-profit internet library offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.  Originally founded in 1996, the archive now contains over 3.5 million texts, 1.5 million audio recordings, 100,000 concert recordings and 1 million videos well as archived web pages.

 GoogleBooks  A searchable index of millions of books.  If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google Books permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, can download a full-text PDF copy.

 GoogleScholar  Allows researchers to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. If you find content that is not freely available on the web, you can check to see if we hold in in one of our library databases or request the item through ILL.

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Brain Blogger  Health and science blog that covers topics from multidimensional biopsychosocial perspectives.  Contains listings of articles and blog entries related to Neuroscience & Neurology, Psychology & Psychiatry, Health & Healthcare, Drugs & Clinical Trials, Law & Politics and many more.  Most entries are extensively cited with links to the original articles and studies.

 PsyBlog  This blog focuses on scientific research into how the mind works. The author incorporates studies from various areas of psychology and provides focused series such as Cognitive Biases, the Psychology of Money and Psychology of Creativity.

British Psychological Society’s Research Digest  The BPS Research Digest provides original, authoritative reports on the latest psychology research.  The editor of this blog strives to find the latest peer-reviewed findings from across the field of psychological science.

The Neurocritic  Deconstructing the most sensationalistic recent findings in Human Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychopharmacology.  The entries on this blog include detailed citations for additional research and follow-up.

Mind Hacks  Provides daily interesting tit-bits from psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.  Includes links to relevant information on the web with a focus on understanding what’s going on inside the mind.

The Situationist  The Situationist is a forum for scholars, students, lawyers, policymakers, and interested citizens to examine, discuss, and debate the effect of situational forces – that is, non-salient factors around and within us – on law, policy, politics, policy theory, and our social, political, and economic institutions. The Situationist is associated with The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School.

The Daily Brain  The Daily Brain is a website for people who love asking questions and searching for answers – especially when the answers lead to new questions.  An entertaining list of science and technology news.

Positive Psychology News Daily  Authored by alumni or students at the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programs and by invited guest authors. This site provides the latest news about happiness, the “science of happiness” and positive psychology.

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