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Subject guide for Psychology

This Subject Guide page presents selected resources relevant to psychology. Contact the editors if you need help or have any suggestions for additional information on this page.

Key resources


  • PsycINFO
    Primary database for psychology and psychiatry. Approx. 3 million references. Quickguide.
  • PubMed 
    Very comprehensive bibliographic database covering, among other things, medicine and psychiatry - about 26 million references.
  • Scopus
    Scopus is both an article database and a citation index. Interdisciplinary. Covers 1960 and onwards. Approx. 65 million references. All the articles in PubMed are also searchable in Scopus. Good database for interdisciplinary subjects.
  • PsycArticles
    Full-text article database with approximately 100 psychological journals published primarily by the American Psychological Association. Covers a wide range of subjects within psychology. The references are also searchable in PsycINFO.
  • Eric (Educational Resources Information Center)
    Supplement to PsycINFO within the pedagogical and educational fields.
  • Embase
    Biomedical/pharmacological database. Important supplement to PubMed, even though there is a considerable overlap between the two databases.
  • Cochrane
    Information on the effect of a given treatment (evidence-based). Cochrane collects, critically assesses and summarises information on the effects of treatments and prevention.
  • PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing)
    Text archive with full-text access to classic works of psychoanalytic literature, such as Freud's collected works (in German and English translation). Covers 1871 and onwards.
  • Emerald
    Database covering such areas as management and organisational psychology. There is full text access to all journals and the majority of the books listed. Covers 1989 and onwards.
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Searches across 18 social science databases, including PsycINFO. You will get large result sets when making searches in this collection. We recommend that you use "Advanced search" and use the search field "Anywhere except full text".  
  • Web of Science (WoS) Article database and citation index. Database for international academic literature (especially American) covering all fields. It is possible to make chained searches via the reference lists of the indexed articles. You can choose between five different databases. About 54 million references. Many available as full-text. Covers 1900 and onwards. Good database for interdisciplinary subjects.  
  • See all psykology databases at AU Library.
  • See also the subject page for Educational Psychology at AU Library - Emdrup (in Danish).


See more on encyklopaedias


  • Quickguide to PsycINFO.
  • Scribo
    Interactive study tool. Use this when starting a major written assignment.
  • AU Studypedia
    AU Studypedia contains information on studying, information seeking and how to conduct and write your university assignment.
  • 10-step checklist
    How to search for information when writing your thesis.

Scandinavian resources


  • Bibliotek.dk 
    Books and journals available via Danish public and research libraries. Bibliotek.dk gives anyone registered as a user at a Danish library, the ability to order materials registered in the database (nationally).        
  • The Danish National Research Database (currently not available)
    References to Danish research publications (articles, papers, theses, books, chapters in books, reports, etc.,) from Danish universities in particular, but also from other institutions of higher education, government research institutions, research councils, etc.
    There is often full-text access, in the form of open access, to the publications.
    The database can be used to locate expertise, find literature within certain disciplines and information on research activities.
    However, the database is not completely comprehensive.    


  • Cristin
    The Norwegian parallel to the Danish National Research Database.     
  • Idunn
    Norwegian journal articles in full-text.     
  • Nora
    Norwegian research publications: Articles, dissertations, books, research reports, theses.      
    Articles in Norwegian and Scandinavian journals.     
  • Oria
    Here you can search through Norwegian research library resources: books, articles, journals, theses, etc.    


  • Libris
    LIBRIS is the Swedish national library, and the Swedish research and university libraries', joint library database of Swedish literature going as far back 1600: books, journals, articles, musical notes, maps, electronic material, etc.      
  • SweMed
    The database contains Scandinavian health care literature and has been prepared by the Karolinska Institute’s University Library in Stockholm.
    Searches are made with English keywords (MeSH terms that can be found in PubMed).    
  • SwePub
    The Swedish parallel to the Danish National Research Database.
    References to Swedish research publications (books, chapters in books, articles, conference papers, reports, dissertations, research articles from Swedish daily news, etc.) The material comes from Swedish universities and other research institutions.
    There is full-text access in the form of open access to some of the material.    


    The database, Nordic Base of Early Childhood Education and Care, brings together new, high-quality Scandinavian research on 0-6 year old children in day care. The database is updated annually and is now updated with all studies from the period 2006-15.       


Systematic Literature Searches

  • What is a systematic literature search?
    Here you will find general tools for building a systematic and structured search. It is not a subject-specific guide, but tools to work with your keywords and structure your search process.
  • What is a systematic review?
    See more about what characterizes and what requirements are set for a systematic review. Here you will also find suggestions for literature on preparing systematic reviews and other types of reviews.

Reference management in psychology

Aarhus BSS, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences uses the APA (American Psychological Association) referencing standard.    

Course collection

Each semester the library creates semester shelves at the library for those materials that are used in the courses. The materials are intended for copying at the library and they cannot be borrowed. You can check the library database to see if there should be a circulation copy available.

At Bartholins Allé the semester shelves for Psychology are next to the information desk on the first floor. The books are marked with a pink label.

Video selection

The library has a small collection of psychological videos (DVD and VHS). These can only be loaned out to researchers and lecturers at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, AU; students at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences can watch the DVDs at the library by contacting one of the liaison librarians. DVDs are searchable in the library database.

The library also provides streaming access to 12 psychological videos.


Theses from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University.

Psychological tests

The library holds a collection of psychological tests for the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences. This collection is ONLY for use by researchers at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Science, AU; Psychology students at AU, who have passed, or are currently participating in the course Test and Evaluation Methods, can see the tests at the library. Contact one of the Psychology liaison librarians.


Do you know the rules about copyright, when you are studying and writing papers? Figure out how and when you can use pictures, video-recordings or other materials here.

Information seeking

We have collected some relevant information about information retrieval and on how to quickly and efficiently find the materials you need.

More for your studies

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