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Core Psychology Databases

The following databases provide information in the health sciences, including arts and health professionals.

Clinical Key
This is a clinical search engine that supports clinical decisions and provides health information including mental health.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Supplies educational literature and resources from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Comprehensive for international literature of biomedicine including clinical practice, psychosocial issues, health care administration, medical research, nursing, and more.

Oxford Clinical Psychology
Provides a variety of clinical psychology publications types for numerous specialty areas, disorders, and treatment modalities. To learn how to navigate effectively, take the short online tour.

Premier source for behavioral science and mental health. From the American Psychological Association.

Psychiatry Online
Serves not only psychiatrists, this resourse is also psychologists and other mental health professionals. It provides the DSM Library, including the DSM-5 and DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis. 

PubMed - US National Library of Medicine, NIH
Provides access to citations and many full text of biomedical articles from Medline and life science journals.

SAGE Research Methods
Designed to guide users through every step of the research process. Provides information from observational  to experimental studies, data, data analysis, etc.. The related databases are Sage Cases1 and Datasets1.
Additional Databases
Provides abstracts and listings of peer-reviewed articles, in-press publications and conferences covering international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day. It includes full-text indexing of drug, disease and medical device data and uses Embase thesauru,s Emtree, which facilitates precise searching.

ERIC (Education Resource Center) (EBSCO)
Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. It also includes records for books, conference papers, curriculum guides, policy papers and more.

Provides full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Indexes international literature of sports medicine, exercise physiology, sports psychology, training, nutrition, coaching, sociology of sports, and related topics. Also covers recreation, games, play, and dance.

Web of Science
Is multi-disciplinary database for Science, Social Science and Arts and Humanities. It also features citation searching, email alerts, biometrics on journals ranking, and researchers output.
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Psychology Book Reviews
Google Scholar Search
Looking for Psychology Books?

Are you looking for Psychology books? The Richter library is organized in the Library of Congress Classification System, which means each subject is grouped and assigned a letter and number range.

For Psychology, look for the BF section.

  • BF 1-BF 798 Psychology

The R section also contains relevant Psychology books, pertaining to mental health.

  • RA790-790.95
  • RC321-571
  • RJ499-507
  • RZ400-408

Too general? Try doing a Subject search in IBISWEB to narrow down the results. For example, once in IBISWEB, set the drop menu to "Subject" and enter your Subject Term. If you're looking for the psychology of women, enter "Women Psychology". IBISWEB will sort and organize the results for you into topics.

For more on the Library of Congress Classification System, take a look at the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

eBook Collections

The DSM-5 is a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association and covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. The DSM-5 has recently been released. More DSM-5 materials will be listed on this page as they become available to the library. DSM-IV titles will remain until that time.

The DSM-5 also lists known causes of these disorders, statistics in terms of gender, age at onset, and prognosis as well as some research concerning the optimal treatment approaches. The University of Miami Libraries provides multiple sources of access to this resource.

Click here to obtain a list of

DSM-5 Related Books

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
American Psychiatric Association Staff
RC455.2.C4 D54 2013
Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5
American Psychiatric Association Staff
RC455.2.C4 D54 2013
The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam
Abraham M. Nussbaum
RC455.2.C4 D542 2013
DSM 5 Online

Looking for the DSM 5 online? Look no further. The DSM 5 is available through Psychiatry Online. Find it here:

Psychiatry Online

How to Use the Catalog
Library Catalog
WorldCat Search
Locating EBP Guidelines
What is Evidence Based Practice?

What is Evidence Based Practice (EBP)? According to the American Psychological Association, EBP in Psychology is:

"Evidence-based practice is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture and preferences."

The APA's Policy Statement on Evidence Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP) further elaborates that:
(APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice. (2006). Evidence-based practice in psychology. American Psychologist, 61, 271-285.)

"The purpose of EBPP is to promote effective psychological practice and enhance public health by applying empirically supported principles of psychological assessment, case formulation, therapeutic relationship, and intervention."

The APA's Policy Statement identifies eight "competencies that promote positive therapeutic outcomes".

  1. Conducting assessments and developing diagnostic judgments, systematic case formulations, and treatment plans.
  2. Making clinical decisions, implementing treatments, and monitoring patient progress.
  3. Possessing and using interpersonal expertise, including the formation of therapeutic alliances.
  4. Continuing to self-reflect and acquire professional skills.
  5. Evaluating and using research evidence in both basic and applied psychological science.
  6. Understanding the influence of individual, cultural, and contextual differences on treatment.
  7. Seeking available resources (e.g., consultation, adjunctive or alternative services) as needed.
  8. Having a cogent rationale for clinical strategies.
Study Designs for Psychology

Image 1.1 Image By CFCF – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Resources for Psychologists 

Evidence Based Practice Resources and Guidelines
Locating Systematic Reviews
Finding Dissertations
Older UM Theses & Disserations

To locate University of Miami PhD Theses and Dissertations:

Go to the IBISWEB Advanced Search Page

Enter your search term(s)

Under "Material Type", select "UM Theses"

Contact the Department of Special Collections to locate masters theses.

Test & Measures Databases
Note: instruments (tests, scales, etc.) for measuring behaviors, attitudes, etc. are often available commercially and must be purchased to see and use. The Library does not purchase these items. It advises students and faculty to include the expense in research funding applications or request purchase through the Department.

Tutorials for Searching for & evaluating tests, measures  U of British Columbia

Tests and Measures on the Web

ETS Test Link
Follow the instructions on the Advanced Search screen to Search for a Downloadable Test

NIH Toolbox
Set of brief measures - many freely available in full text - for assessing cognitive, emotional, motor and sensory function from ages 3 to 85.

York University Psychology Resource Center
This Center offers an extensive collection of measurement resources. Use the tabs to explore it.
Psychological Tests
Offers links to many organizations, websites, and tools that provide access to tests; information about tests; and other resources.
Commercial Test Catalogue
Provides a lengthy list of commercial tests.
UM Library Databases
Note: if links are not working, find the database on the UM LIbraries A to Z list)

Health and Psychosocial Instruments
Offers evaluation and measurement tools used in health and psychosocial studies.

To find literature about studies which used test or measure, articles about them:
1  click on Select a Field box

2  scroll down menu ad select TM Tests & Measures
3  in the search box, add the topic or subject, e.g., personality, depression, etc.

To find a study or other document which includes or "appends" a test or other measure:
1 put a subject or topic in first row, leaving the field box in the default mode
2 in second row type in "appended" and select TM Tests & Measures in the field box to the right

Note: it is not always obvious where the test or measure is situated in a study or attached to it. It sometimes require time to find it.

Also offers tests and measures and literature about them for various aspects of Education and School Psychology & Counselling.

Before begining clicking the orange Search button, scroll past the search rows to the Search Options section of the page.

In the 2 column at the lower part of the screen, find the Publication Type box and select TM Tests & Measures
Then start the search.

Sage Methods
Provides a large collecion of study designs, data sets, data analysis, research methodology, etc. It contains some information on tests, surveys, etc., usually to learn how to design reliable & valid ones. Use filters or limiters for dates but be aware that dated material is often still be very relevant. The trick in this resource finding what you are looking for and it requires some experimentation. For tests, measures, start on the Home page > Books and Reference box. 

Theses & Dissertations
Some tests & measures are reprinted in theses & dissertations.
Go to the Theses & Dissertation Tab in this Guide to search or below.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
Formerly Digital Dissertations Online: A listing of doctoral dissertations in all subject areas completed at U. S. accredited institutions, with some Master’s theses and foreign dissertations.
Proquest: Dissertations & Theses @ University of Miami
Proquest provides access to the dissertations and theses produced by students at the University of Miami.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Contains full-text theses and dissertations from colleges and universities around the world.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations at the University of Miami (ET
"The University of Miami Graduate School Collection contains over 4000 dissertations and theses created between 1961 and the present.
Systematic vs Scoping Review
What is the difference between a Systematic Review and Scoping Review and which one should I do?

Systematic vs. Scoping vs. Integrative Review  Duquesne University

Munn Z, P., etal. (2018) Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC Med Res Methodol. 19;18(1):143.    doi: 10.1186/s12874-018-0611-x. 

Typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies (Grant & Booth, 2009)
Formulating a Research Question
Building a good research question is at the heart of conducing a viable Systematic or Scoping Review. Best guidance on how to do this and what is required is at  University of Texas
Designing Search Strategies
CEE – Section 3.1 Scoping and Parts of 3.2 Developing & Testing the search strategy, e.g., parts of 3.2.1  

Part 2 Chapter 4 Searching for and selecting studies  Cochrane Handbook for SR’s of Interventions

Some things to keep in mind when formulating your search (Tufts Uni.):

 Does the database use a controlled vocabulary or just keywords? If so use both.

Make a list or table of terms to express your concepts and the synonyms for each.

Combining Concepts and Terms
- ‘AND’ different concepts
- ‘OR’ synonyms for a concept.

When using keywords think about using truncation (*); plurals; abbreviations; and alternate spellings 

Translating a Search into Multiple Health Science Databases (U of Dalh.)

Health Sciences Search Terms & Filters (U of AB)

Tracking Searches & Results
Overview of Primary Excel Workbook for SR
Saving Search Strategies and Results in Primary Excel Workbook for SR PIECES Workbook
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews 
Equator network – check out other tabs on this website, e.g. Toolkits > Selecting reporting guideline
- PRISMA Flow Diagram (Flow Diagram is 2nd part of the PRISMA statement
- Excel Search Results Chart  (Tufts University Sys. Review page - Downloads box)

Protocols & Has my review been done before?
Protocols and Registries
 Any researcher can register a protocol. If a publication or agency does not require one, submitting one is optional, but writing one as part of the process is fundamental. It helps plan and specify how you will navigate the systematic review process and stay on course.
Systematic Reviews Protocols and Protocol Registries – National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
To the left of the page are links to tips - Document Your Work and Literature Search: Databases & Gray Literature
Protocol Worksheet – University of Iowa Libraries (Registration not necessary)
PRISMA P (Protocol)
Has my review already been done?
 It's important to know this and to avoid duplication. In addition to checking protocol databases, search UM Libraries Databases Medline (in PubMed or OVID), CINAHL, PsycINFO, etc. – use limiters or filters to target only Systematic Reviews or by adding the term Systematic Review to your search. 
Prospero is an international protocol database for systematic reviews in a variety of disciplines with “health related outcomes”.  Through registration of review is helps avoid “duplication and enable comparison of reported review methods with what was planned in the protocol”.
Cochrane Library databases for high quality, independent evidence for healthcare decision-making.
Campbell Collaboration provides S.R.s in the social sciences.
DARE - from York University, UK| National Institute of Health Research (NHS)
Trip is a search engine lists publications of varying levels of evidence based research.

Reviews Methodologies
Systematic Reviews
 Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and other Knowledge Synthesis Guide & Processes (McGill University)
 Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewer’s Manual
      U of Adelaide (Describes steps for SRs of qualitative, quantitative, economic, text and
       opinion based evidence.) Check the Appendices in each chapter for worksheets and guides.)
PRISMA Statement (Transparent Reporting of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) About page
PRISMA 2020 Checklist (The Checklist is 1 of 2 parts of “PRISMA Statement”. Click on the Checklist)

Cochrane Interactive Learning Modules UM Calder Library
Systematic Reviews: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) guidance for undertaking systematic reviews in health care  U of York, UK  (See Appendix 3: Documenting the search process)
Systematic Reviews: Skills to Develop Literature Searches, Manage Results and Evaluate Findings    U of Pittsburgh | Health Sc Library System
Systematic Reviews: SR Process U of Washington | Health Science Library
Systematic Review Guide U of Texas
Scoping Reviews
Scoping Reviews: what they are & how to them PDF
Scoping Reviews: what they are and how to do them  Cochrane Training Videos
Scoping Reviews: what they are and how to do them  Cochrane Training Slides
PRISMA-ScR – extension for Scoping Reviews Checklist
PRISMA for Scoping Reviews tip sheets and video
Joanna Briggs Institution Scoping Reviews  Chapter 11
Current Best Practices for the Conduct of Scoping Reviews U of Toronto (super simple)
Scoping Review Guide U of Texas Library
Appraisal Tools
Tools for appraising articles in any review
Appraisal & Analysis Duke University Medical Center Library
The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine
JBI Critical Appraisal Tools
Oxford Center for Evidence-based Medicine
UM subscribes to Covidence found in the UM Libraries homepage
Video to get you started with Covidence
Covidence Help Guide
Covidence You Tube Channel
Covidence Knowledge Base  FAQ articles and Covidence news & updates. 
Testing and Assessment
General Web Resources
Support for Students
Google Search
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What are RSS feeds?

RSS is a protocol that lets users subscribe to online content using a"reader" or "aggregator." Internet users tend to settle on preferredinformation sources. RSS allows users to create a list of those sourcesin an application that automatically retrieves updates, saving usersconsiderable time and effort.

Please see the RSS Feeds Guide.

Citation Managers




Both web-hosted & desktop versions

Desktop download from UM InformationTechnology > Services & Products tab > Software 
TIPin the first screen of Download, copy Product Key (will need later in the process)


 Mendeley - both web-hosted and desktop. Also a PDF manager.


Zotero - both web-hosted and desktop. Can use any email address
UM Writing Center
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    Need help writing your essay? Make an appointment with UM's writing center!
APA Citation Style Guides
Citation Managers create citations in the style you select. However, they are not always accurate and you have to check and correct. See resources below for APA:

APA Style (American Psychological Association) 7th Edition (2019)

The library has copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (a.k.a. the APA Citation Manual). Current editions are held in our reference collection, call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010 . An additional copy is kept at the Information and Research Assistance Desk on the 1st floor of Richter Library.

Electronic Resources
In 2019 APA published the updated version of the APA style. It is now in its 7th edition.

APA Style 7th Ed. What’s New
APA Style 7th Edition: The Changes You Need To Know
APA 7th Edition (2020) | The 17 Most Notable Changes

APA Formatting and Style Guide  OWL at Purdue University
APA Documentation Handbook  University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
APA Style – Supplemental Resources for formatting manuscripts, papers, essays, etc.
APA Handouts and Guides
Citation Styles
A Quick Guide to Plagiarism
Use the links and videos on this page to learn what plagiarism is.
What is Plagiarism? An interactive game and guide from Rutgers University.
Avoiding Plagarism Simon Fraser University 
Plagarism Tutorial   Duke University
The Writer's Handbook to Avoiding Plagiarism. University of Wisconsin Writing Center.
A Quick Guide to Plagiarism Video
Quick Guides
Guide on how to cite test reviews from the Mental Measurements Yearbook database

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