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Research guide to psychology resources

Be efficient in your research and use the various databases, reference works and additional literature in the field of psychology.


We recommend that you search the databases in order to research and review up-to-date and discipline-specific content on a topic. They mostly contain references to resources as well as full text articles from journals. Depending on the database, additional types of publications such as conference reports, book chapters, pictures, videos and much more are included.


The table below provides an overview of the databases in the area of psychology. Please note that databases marked with an asterisk (*) require special access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.

Name Subject Content
Open Test Archive psychology description of open access testing procedures, full texts
PsycARTICLES psychology full texts
PsycEXTRA psychology references, some full texts
PsychAuthors psychology directory addiction, counseling, psychotherapy videos
PsycINFO psychology and related fields references, some full texts
PsycTESTS psychology description of test procedures, in some instances with full texts of scales and surveys
PsycTHERAPY counseling, therapy videos
PSYNDEXplus Literature and Audiovisual Media psychology references
PSYNDEXplus Tests psychology description of test procedures
PTSDpubs Post-traumatic stress disorder references, some full texts
PubPsych psychology, education, medicine references, some full texts, research data

* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.


Open access portals

Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.

Reserve collections

The following links will take you directly to the ZHAW swisscovery search portal. You can use them to display a list of the titles contained in the respective reserve collection.

Please note that physical titles in the reserve collections cannot be borrowed and are only available in the library. If available, additional copies can be borrowed.

Chlopczik: Angewandte Systemtheorie

Crameri: Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung

Hauri/Borgese: Gruppenphänomene

Korbel: Persönlichkeitsstörungen

Korbel: Psychopathologie

Widmer: Tiefenpsychologische Ansätze (PS1-1)

Reference works

Reference works are the ideal starting point for your research. In addition to defining concepts, they help you to gain an overview of a topic, narrow down a topic and find key concepts for future work.

All electronic reference works can be found and searched in ZHAW swisscovery. The selection of titles below provides you with a quick introduction to your specialist area. General reference works can also be found with the monolingual (in German) and multilingual dictionaries (in German).

Title Additional information
APA Dictionary of Psychology -
APA Handbooks in Psychology Limit by "Show" to APA Handbooks
Diagnostisches und Statistisches Manual Psychischer Störungen DSM-5® -
Dorsch - Lexikon der Psychologie -
Enzyklopädie der Psychologie To display all volumes, please click on the link "Volume" in the e-media portal.
Enzyklopädie Erziehungswissenschaft Online (EEO) -
Handbook of Personality Development There are further handbooks of Routledge on the topic of psychology.
Handbuch Coaching und Beratung -
Handbuch der Psychologie To display all volumes, please click on the link "Volume" in the e-media portal.
Handbuch Qualitative Forschung in der Psychologie There are further handbooks of Springer on the topic of psychology.
Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie -
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences -
Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology There are further handbooks of Oxford on the topic of psychology
Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Psychology -
The Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience -

Bachelor's and master's theses

Selected bachelor's theses from the School of Applied Psychology are available in the ZHAW digitalcollection (2008-2014) or in the search portal ZHAW swisscovery (2000-2014).