eGuide: Psychology information sources

Last updated: November 2018

Searching for resources

There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:

  • Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
  • iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our eGuide for further information.

You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. A useful subject specific library is the Department of Psychology Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.


Subject-specific resources

For information on searching general databases and journals see Beyond books : finding articles and journals. To find links to specific databases and journals see the eresources and ejournals LibGuide. Relevant resources can also be found within the Psychology LibGuide.  Some key resources include:


Bibliographic resources

Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO is an electronic bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioural, and health sciences. There is a tick-box to limit search results to human psychology.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
IBSS contains bibliographic information from an international selection of publications (including over 2800 journals) in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Covering a range of subjects within health and social sciences, ASSIA contains records from over 500 journals.

Reference sources

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
This contains 4000 articles which can be browsed thematically, alphabetically or by an author and is the online edition of the 26-volume printed Encyclopedia.

Finding ebooks

You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand more about ebooks see Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.


For information on searching for websites, see Effective internet searching. An introduction to using the web, aimed specifically at psychology students, is available from the Virtual Training Suite.



Help within Cambridge

College Library staff can provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question via The Colleges’ Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.


Help With Electronic Resources

Jenny Blackhurst
t: +44 (0) 1223 338970