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Welcome to the subject page for Psychology.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print & electronic books, journals and more...


Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information.

The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst temporarily away from campus and if you are studying off campus you should see our Distance Learners pages.

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    Many of your key texts are available as ebooks which can be accessed 24/7 on any internet enabled device. Download our guide to using ebooks to find out more.

    If you find a book through the library catalogue that is only available in another University of Cumbria library, you can reserve the book online. See our Requesting books page for more information.

    A postal loans service is available for part-time students or those on a distance learning course. There is a £10 charge to sign up for this service. To find out how to sign up, see our Postal Loans page.


  • Journals & Eresources


    Full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology, from the American Psychological Association (APA). Includes full-text articles from nearly 80 journals, references and abstracts, reports and conference proceedings, trials and reviews.

    Proquest Psychology 

    540 full text journals from a range of psychology disciplines. 

    SocINDEX with Full Text 

    Comprehensive high quality sociology research journal collection, mostly Full-text, and also includes full text for more than 830 books, monographs and conference papers.  

    Academic Search Complete

    Full-text multidisciplinary collection of Journal articles.

    Sage Premier Journals
    Includes a range of key journal titles for Psychology. Click on 'Browse' by discipline to find out which ones. 

    Social Care Online

    Subject gateway for Social care.  The UK's most complete range of information and research on all aspects of social care.  Includes research briefings, to reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites.  Full text may not be available for some resources.


    Collection of journal articles for Nursing and Allied Health, many Full-text.  Useful for more health based topics such as drugs or mental health.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    British Psychological Society

    The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. They are responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.

    American Psychological Association

    The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organisation that represents psychology in the United States. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. 

    Simply Psychology

    Useful site to explain basics, including overviews of concepts, and important figures and their contributions to psychology.

    Psych Central

    Although it has an American bias this is a useful source for mental health information, as well as providing guides to useful websites, newsgroups, and mailing lists online in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry. 


  • (APA)

    What is Referencing?


    When you include information from other books, websites or journals to support your assignments at university you must cite these in your work and include full details in your list of references. If you don’t do this correctly, you could be accused of stealing other people’s ideas or words and trying to pass them off as your own, this is known as plagiarism.

    Referencing can seem a bit daunting at first, but don’t panic! The introductory tutorial below will help you feel a bit more confident. It will also give you some ideas about how to avoid plagiarism and use techniques such as paraphrasing. Referencing gets easier the more you do it.






    The Applied Psychology course uses the APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines for referencing.

    We have created APA Referencing - Quick Guide to give you an introduction

    For a more detailed look at APA citation and referencing, please refer to the APA Style website which has guides and tutorials for the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edn. (The official APA referencing guide). 

    There is also guidance in Cite Them Right (see below)

    These websites may also help:

    The online tutorials below are based on the general UoC Harvard style, but still contain useful information, and are worth working through: 

    Referencing online tutorial


    Plagiarism and malpractice online tutorial


    What is Cite them right? 

    Most courses, at the University of Cumbria, use the Harvard system of referencing contained in Cite them right 10th edition.

    APA style is covered in Section F (pages 91-108).

    Cite them right can be accessed / purchased here:

    • Each of our libraries hold copies of Cite them right
    • Citethemrightonline is a fully electronic version (you will need to login, if accessing from off campus, using your normal university username and password).
    • Citethemrightonline is also available via the Useful Links button in the Student Hub.
    • Cite them right can be purchased from Amazon and other good book retailers.