General resources

In this section you will find a list of useful general resources across all fields of psychology.

Use the library catalogue to find print books and electronic books held by the University of Bedfordshire. You can also find journal titles and databases here - but you cannot search for individual journal articles on the library catalogue.

Use DISCOVER to search journal articles and the library catalogue simultaneously.  Discover is a multidisciplinary database with a vast range of resources.  If you are finding too much irrelevant material, try one of the specialist psychology databases below.


This is the main full-text database for Psychology. It includes all the journals published by the American Psychological Association back to the first issue, as well as journals from other publishers.


This index provides access to the international literature of psychology material related to the psychological aspects of education, medicine, business, sociology and psychiatry. It contains abstracts of journal articles from 1887 as well as books and book chapters from 1987.


APA PsycTESTS is a highly useful resource for psychological measures, scales, and instrumentation tools.

Criminology and forensic psychology

In this section you will find some useful additional resources which may be useful if you are studying criminal behaviour or forensic psychology.


Vast sociology database which includes material relating to social justice, criminology and mental health.


This is a legal database which provides the full text of Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments (SIs) and legal cases.

Health psychology

In addition to the list of general resources above, there are some specific health and medical databases which may be useful if you are studying health psychology.

CINAHL Complete

Comprehensive nursing and allied healthcare database.

Medline with full text

Vast medical and biomedical database.

British Nursing Database

Healthcare database with a UK focus.

The Cochrane Library

Authoritative database of healthcare clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.


Database (not full text) of material related to alternative medicine and complementary therapies.

Data analysis software

You will find links to download SPSS and Nvivo below.  Please note that support and training for this software is provided by the School of Psychology and not the library.

Download SPSS

SPSS software for the statistical analysis of data.

You can find many books about how to use SPSS in the library.

Download Nvivo

Qualitative data analysis software.

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