In this class, you will learn about:

  • Characteristics of scholarly journal articles
  • Library databases
  • Locating Psychology journal articles in print in the Library and online in the databases
  • Where to get help


***In each of the library's databases, look for common features:***
  • Advanced search screens
  • Abstracts (summaries of articles)
  • Links to full-text articles (HTML or PDF)
  • Save/Print/Email options
  • Bibliographic information for your Works Cited pages


A collection of 21 databases featuring primarily popular magazines, peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and newspapers. 

is a good database to start your research on most topics...

but for this class, we're going to search: 
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

Search tips:
  • Limit by "Full Text" to be able to link to articles online
  • Limit by "Fullerton College Library Collection" to see what we have in our print collection
  • Limit by "Peer Reviewed" to view scholarly articles


Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • A comprehensive collection of encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other reference tools. 
  • GVRL: The Basics

    More how-to videos are available on YouTube. View videos about advanced searching, bookmarking, and more. 

Contains over 1,000 academic journals and other scholarly content. Access to our full-text subscriptions to:
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociometry
  • Social Psychology Quarterly
  • Partial access is available to American Journal of Psychology 

YouTube Video

eBook Collection in EBSCOhost - Search and view the full text of eBooks. 
  • Search eBooks by linking from the FC Library catalog or selecting eBooks Collection while in EBSCOhost
  • off-campus access available


Google Scholar - In Google Scholar, select "Articles and Patents."
  • Search on your topic
  • You will see thousands of articles that we do not subscribe or have access to.
  • On the right side of the screen, you will see links to the articles that are available freely online. (These articles are usually available through .edu sites.)
  • If you see a link to EBSCO, it means we have it available through our EBSCO subscription. If you're on campus or logged into EBSCO, you should be able to link to the article.
  • This should not be the only place you do research. Our access to articles through Google Scholar is too limited to do thorough research on your topic.

PRINT RESOURCES                                                                                          


     FC Library Catalog

From the Library's homepage at http://library.fullcoll.edu/:
    • Click on FIND BOOKS
    • In the Online Catalog, use the drop-down menu to limit your searches. (Remember to click on the down arrow to change your search type.)
    • Locate an item's:
      • call number (example: KF5402.Z9 G4 1997)
      • status (is the item available, checked out, on Reserve, etc.)
    • Search the catalog for the print journals available in the Periodicals area on the 2nd Floor of the Library. Here you'll find our subscriptions to:
      • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
      • Journal of Applied Psychology
      • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
      • Journal of Experimental Psychology
      • Journal of General Psychology
      • And more!

You can contact Fullerton College librarians via several Ask A Librarian services:
  • email
  • IM
  • phone (714-732-5694)
  • in person (check here for hours)