(See below for Targeted Searching in the Counseling and Psychology literature)

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For assistance with literature searching, library databases, journals, ebooks, library resources instruction in your class, and other PAU Library resources, services, policies, or information:

Targeted Search: Find Journal Articles and Other Scholarly Literature in Counseling & Psychology

Find scholarly literature like journal articles in Psychology and Counseling using PsycInfo, Medline, and other databases on the EBSCOhost platform.

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Find articles in Psychology, Counseling, Business, Medicine, Education, and General Sociological, and Historical Subjects using EBSCOhost platform:

Includes the databases PsycINFO and Medline (Pubmed) as well as ERIC (Education) and Business Source Complete. Includes all APA (American Psychological Association) databases and many counseling journals.

Also includes ebook collections, encyclopedias, Associated Press photos, newspapers, and magazines as well as additional databases in medicine, nursing, and consumer health.

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A collection of print books is available for checkout at the Allen Calvin Campus. It includes psychology and counseling publications that are not available in electronic format and offers recent titles on current topics, seminal works, reference materials, and test preparation manuals. Our eBook collection provides broad, in-depth coverage of topics in psychology, counseling, and related disciplines, and we actively leverage online availability so users have easy access to full-text content.

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Search for articles using Google Scholar and get set up with links to Fulltext at PAU. 

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To see if the PAU Library subscribes to a specific journal, search the list by title or ISSN.

This allows you to view the publication date range, all available volumes/issues, and further details about each journal in our collection.

Find Journals by Title

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Finding Tests, Measures, and Instruments

Finding tests, measures, and research instruments requires a multi-step process, because a test may be published by a commercial publisher, or it may be freely available from the authors, or it may be published only in a journal article or book.

To find a test, measure, or instrument:

PsycTESTS is a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests developed by the American Psychological Association.
to see if the test is available in the PAU Library. After you enter the test name, look on the left side of the page and under Format and All Formats, click on kit, and it will refresh to show you test kits If it is available in the PAU Library, and then you can ask for it at the Library circulation desk.
Look for web pages where the authors of the test have posted the test or a request form for the test on their website, or look for a website on which the measure is being sold by a commercial publisher or by the author.
4) Check a book that we have in the PAU Library in the Reference section called Measures for Clinical Practice
(Call number REF BF 176.C66 2000) -- it has some tests printed in their entirety with scoring instructions.
If a test is published by a commercial publisher, this step is usually unnecessary because if it were published you probably would have found the publisher's website for the test in step 2. But if you don’t know what test to use for a particular symptom, disorder, or characteristic, then this can be a good way to find tests or measures. Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print also provides psychometric data on commercially published tests. If you find a test here, look in the PAU Library catalog to see if it is available in the PAU Library.
If you haven't found it in the previous steps, do a PsycINFO search for a particular test, or if you are searching for tests that measure a particular symptom or disorder or other characteristic, search using the following search (this search uses depression as an example), with the parentheses included:

(test or measure or assessment or scale or questionnaire or survey) and depression

You'll need to skip first down to the oldest results to see if the authors published the complete measure in the article in which they first described the measure (they usually do not). If you find the article in which the measure was first described, but they don't include the measure itself, get the name and email address of the authors and email them to ask for a copy of the measure.
If you don't find the original article describing the test, look at full text articles that use the test and find the reference to the test to get the authors names and then do a Google search for the authors to get an email address for them and email them or use the reference to get the original article to get the authors' email addresses.
If you find the author's name and email address, email the author and ask for the test and the scoring instructions, explaining that you are a doctoral student in clinical psychology and need to use the test in your research.
If you cannot locate a test or measure, contact the PAU reference librarians for further assistance.

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LibKey is a platform with a variety of tools that help you find and access content quickly and efficiently throughout your research. 

LibKey Nomad 

  • LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides instant links to full text content as you conduct research online. Special enhancement is also performed on sites like PubMed, Wikipedia, Scopus, and Web of Science by providing direct citation links and more. Currently, extensions are available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi.

  • Download the extension and learn more about LibKey Nomad here. 

  • is both a destination resolution platform as well as a powerful linking syntax that improves scholarly communication by routing researchers to a particular piece of content via appropriate authentication and entitlements. 
  • Search for articles by DOI or PMID here and learn more about and selecting the PAU Library affiliation. 

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You can find streaming videos accessible by anyone at PAU and DVDs in the PAU Library by searching by the title or a topic in our online Discovery library catalog, which allows you to search all at once across all of the PAU Library video collections and packages. To find videos in the online catalog, do a search and then click on Video under Format on the left-side menu of the catalog and it will update to show only videos that match your search.

PAU Online Catalog

Or you can browse and search within our streaming video collections:

PAU Library Streaming Video Collections

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Information on searching for dissertations and information for doctoral students beginning to work on their dissertation is available on our Dissertations page:

Dissertation information

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The PAU Library subscribes to several platforms for key reference information in the fields of psychology, counseling, and related disciplines.

For biographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, geographical info, and more visit CREDO. Additionally, gain access to essential psychological reference sources through DSM-5/PsychiatryOnline, APA Dictionary of Psychology, and Oxford Academic and Oxford Clinical Psychology.

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APA Style 7th Edition

  • Link to a guide intended to help master APA style, as documented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.

Grammarly Premium

  • Create an account with your PAU Gmail to check your spelling, grammar, and writing style and to check documents for plagiarism. Make sure to select "Sign up with Google" on the sign up page, and use "Sign in with Google" on the Login/Sign-in page and use your PAU Gmail account.

Zotero (more info coming soon)

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The PAU community has full access to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Anyone with a PAU email address can access those publications here:

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Search Tip Spotlights

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Find Journals by Title

Look up journals by title or ISSN in our Discovery catalog system to get a quick snapshot of which publications (including date range) we have access to in our collection

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Access DSM-5 and More

Get access to the DSM Library through PsychiatryOnline which includes the DSM-5 Handbook, Clinical Cases, and more. Plus, a variety of text and multimedia sources through American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

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Omar Seddiqui Research Library

In Honor of Omar Seddiqui former president of the Afghan public libraries for his love of learning, literacy, and the world of books. Dedicated January 21, 2010

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