Psychology: Library search

Databases, journals, reference works and websites that will help you with your research and assignments

Search for Library resources

Use Search to find library resources. You have the option of using Basic search or Advanced search.

Basic search

Using natural language, the simple search box will bring back results from a number of different sources. You can refine the results of your basic search by using the facets located on the left-hand side of the results screen.

Advanced search

Use the advanced search to prescribe limits prior to your searching.

Place a Hold request

What is Boolean searching?

Boolean operators are used to combine search terms in many databases and search engines.  The 3 main operators are AND, OR and NOT.  Using these operators to broaden or narrow the focus of your search is easy, in fact, you may already be doing it.


Using AND narrows a search.  All specified terms must appear in the search results.  Many search engines do an AND search by default.


Using OR broadens a search.  The search results will include either of the specified search terms or both.
eg. aboriginal OR indigenous


Using NOT narrows a search by excluding certain terms.  eg. migration NOT forced migration
The search results will contain the word 'migration' except where it is preceded by 'forced'.

For an online tutorial about Boolean operators, see this one by the University of Adelaide Library.

Useful Library links

Reading lists

Browse by unit code (eg PSY1022) to see if you have an online reading list.

Search help

Go to the Search library guide for help with using Search, the Library's discovery platform.


Search by subject heading

To find library items by subject, go to Advanced search, select in subject from the drop-down list, and enter your terms in the search box.

Alternatively, do a Basic search and refine by subject using the Topic facets on the left-hand side of the search results screen.

Some subject terms might be:

  • animal behavior
  • animal psychology
  • applied psychology
  • behavior therapy
  • child development
  • child psychology
  • clinical health psychology
  • cognition
  • comparative psychology
  • conflict management
  • counseling
  • developmental psychology
  • emotions
  • forensic psychology
  • health psychology
  • human behavior
  • industrial psychology
  • memory
  • mental disorders
  • organizational behavior
  • perception
  • personality
  • positive psychology
  • psychological tests
  • psychology statistical methods
  • senses and sensation
  • sleep
  • social psychology
  • substance abuse