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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  borrows books for you from other libraries outside of UM. 

ARTICLES:  Use ILL to get articles not available in Flint.   Articles arrive within 1 to 3 days as full text online documents.

BOOKS:   Login to the ILLIAD system and fill out the citation form for LOAN-BOOK.  You will get an email when the item has arrived at Thompson Library so you can come pick it up.  Items from other insitutions usually arrive by mail within 3 to 5 weeks from request date. 

This is a different service from GET THIS, which is used to get materials from  UM Libraries for pickup in Flint. ( Use the MIRLYN online  to request books from Ann Arbor libraries using Get This.)




What is Peer Review?

Peer review is an editing process in which a scholar's work is reviewed by experts in a field before being accepted for publication (in the case of journals).  Many people give more credence to journal articles that have gone through a peer review process because they have been reviewed by experts in the field (rather than just an editor, as is the case of a newspaper or magazine) before being accepted for publication. 

   ALL peer reviewed journals are scholarly journals. 
   Not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed.
   More importantly, not all periodicals are journals!
   Check the criterial list to confirm you are using
        a scholarly journal as a source for your paper.

Journal Finder Subscription Location Tool

Have a citation? Not sure where to find the journal?

Use JOURNAL FINDER  for a list of available journals with links to journal (not articles within a journal)

Different databases may carry a journal as full text or index only.  Check each listing to verify. 

Possible locoations given for full text include: 

  • Alternate list of databases with article online (Journal Finder provides links)
  • Print (on shelf in the library)
  • Microfilm/fiche (in cabinets in library)

NOTE:  This is NOT an article finder.  It only verifies access to specific journal titles and re-directs you to that journal



Looking for journal articles?  START HERE!

 In the box below are the best databases to begin looking for journal articles in psychology.

         (Databases are online indexes to help you find articles by topic, by author or by journal name) 

         SEE ALSO:  A - Z  List of Databases  (journal articles) Tab at top toolbar.

                                A comprehensive list of all  subscription databases indexing articles in  Psychology.



  • Gale Psychology Journals (InfoTrac)
  • ProQuest Psychology Journals
    Complete full-text coverage from top psychology and related publications, this database meets the needs of both students and mental-health professionals.
    1894-present. Full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology from journals published by APA & allied organizations. Can be searched together with PsycINFO.
  • PsycINFO
    1887-present. Includes journals, books, book chapters, technical reports, & dissertations in psychology. Can be searched together with PsycARTICLES.
  • PubMed
  • ScienceDirect (Elsevier Science Journals)
    Chemistry, chemical engineering, clinical medicine, computer science, earth & planetary sciences, economics, engineering, energy & technology, environmental science & technology, life sciences, materials science, mathematics, physics, astronomy.
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    1983-present. Anthropology, economics, geography, law, political science, psychology, sociology.
  • Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge)  
    1900 Provides cross-search of multiple databases:
    Web of Science Core Collection (1900-present)
    BIOSIS Previews (1926-present)
    Current Contents Connect (1998-present)
    Data Citation Index (1900-present)
    Zoological Record (1864-present)
    Journal Citation Reports (1997-present)
  • Web of Science Core Collection  
    Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.

What is a Journal Article?

     Not sure what a "journal" is?  

  •     A journal is simliar to a magazine. 
  •     A journal, unlike a magazine, is dedicated to academic topics.       
  •        Examples
    • Journal of American History
    • New England Journal of Medicine
  •     A journal consists of many issues (sometimes weekly, monthly or quarterly).
  •     A journal issue contains several articles which are NOT necessarily on the same topic.
  •     A journal lists each year since it was first published as a volume.  (One volume equals 1 year)
  •     A journal issue consists of articles written by experts within the discipline.
  •     A journal is intended to be read by someone researching in that discipline.
  •     A journal article contains language (words/jargon) specific to that discipline.
  •     A journal article refers the reader to research sources and statistics used to write the article.
  •     A journal article contains a bibliography (references cited) page at the end.

     See  Help with your Paper  tab for more info about journals v magazines.


Summon Search -- (Summon searches several databases at once)


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