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Your guide to Psychology research at UCLA: Find Psychology articles, books, datasets, and more.

Article Search Tips

This quick introduction to searching for academic journal articles in databases will help you make your searches more efficient and more effective:

A review article helps you find must-read articles, identify controversies and debates, and learn about unananswered questions.

Looking for an efficient way to get a research overview on a topic? A review article is a great place to start.

A review article provides an analysis of the state of research on a set of related research questions. Review articles often: summarize key research findings, reference must-read articles, describe current areas of agreement as well as controversies and debates, point out gaps in knowledge and unanswered questions, suggest directions for future research.

Check out this quick overview of finding review articles in Web of Science, PubMed, Google Scholar, and more.

The Library's online subscription resources can always be accessed from computers and wireless networks on campus. However, off-campus access is restricted to current UCLA, students, faculty, and staff who have set up their computer using one of the following methods.

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Journal Article and Other Databases

Note that some of these databases only index journal articles—they don't actually have the full text. Use the gold UC-eLinks button -  - to do an automated search to find the full text, or search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog.


is your link to full-text! This gold button will help you get the article. Here's what it will do:

  • Try to find the article online. If that doesn't work it will...
  • Provide you with a link to automatically search the UCLA Library Catalog for print copies. And if that doesn't work it will...
  • Provide you with a link to the interlibrary loan form, where you can request a copy from another library.

If the database you're using doesn't have UC-eLinks buttons, you can copy and paste the info into UC-eLinks Citation Linker.

About Interlibrary Loan

You don't need to know what library has the item you're looking for. The system will find a library for you and send a request for them to scan the article and e-mail it to you. It usually takes less than a week, sometimes less than a day. And it's free!