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Welcome to your online guide to finding library resources for Psychology

Choosing the right resources

You are expected to find and use high-quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors.

This page shows you the best resources to use, along with some guidance about how to make the most from your searches.

Finding books for Psychology


The main Psychology print book collection is located in the Psychology (B) section on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. Materials relevant to Psychology are found, however, in many sections of the Library - always use YorSearch to find what you need.

Click to reveal a list of shelf locations for Psychology

Lots of our books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View Online section of each book.

Finding journals

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch. Search for the title of the journal you need.

The majority of the Library's journals are available online. Click on View Online to see the full-text journal online if available. Electronic access may be offered by more than one link so check which years are available. Click on the link to get to the full-text journal.

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If the journal you need is not available online, click on Find in Library to check what is available and where it is shelved.

Expand your reading choices

Reading Lists


For each module you take, you will find at least one reading list on the Yorkshare VLE. Many reading lists are made available on Yorkshare using the Library's online Reading Lists system, which links directly to the library catalogue records for items in the Library's collections, plus e-books, e-journal articles and other Web resources.

Further recommendations may be provided in module guides, or during lectures or seminars.  You can search YorSearch to find the item you need, using the author's name and/or title keywords.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Psychology

If you're new to a topic and want some ideas about where to start, Oxford Bibliographies Online might help. It provides introductory essays and suggested reading for psychology, presented in articles on specific topics.

Skills Guides

Find videos, interactive tutorials, workbooks and links to specific help for developing your digital and information searching skills:


Shelves and PCsTo start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Core resources for Psychology
Additional sources for Psychology

You'll find our full range of databases through the E-resources Guide.

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on demand TV and radio service for education. You can record and access an extensive archive from 65 free-to-air channels, create clips from programmes and compile playlists. See what you can discover today!

Using YorSearch

YorSearch is the place to look for books, journals, and other materials held by the Library.

Looking beyond your reading list...

Search skills