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Psychology & Counselling

Subject support guide for psychology and counselling.

Welcome to the guide for Psychology

Welcome to the subject page for Psychology and Counselling. We provide access to thousands of high quality texts and journal for psychology at the University of East London. This guide highlights some of the key resources and support available to you.

Psychology Library Induction 2021/22

Frequently Asked Questions

Databases and webpages useful for this subject area


Databases provide references, abstracts and, in some cases, the full text of journal articles. A complete A-Z list of all databases​ is available on the library website.

Below are the main databases for psychology, counselling, coaching and related subjects. For tips and advice on searching databases, see the videos in the left-hand column.


There are plenty of great psychology-related websites out there. Here is a small selection of some of the key ones:

Open Access

Open Access (OA) is a term applied to research outputs (articles, presentations, conference papers etc.) that have been made publicly available without restriction, providing another route to access academic content. Here is a small selection of some useful OA resources:

Books and E-Books

Your module reading list should be available on Moodle. You can then use Library search to find the availability of books and e-books, as well as to look for further reading.

The library also holds a wide range of reference and study skills books for psychology. Here are just a few examples (look on Library Search for lots more):

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Dictionary of Psychology                                     150.3 COR

A student's dictionary of psychology                 150.3 HAY

Dictionary of counselling                                     361.0603 FEL

Biographical dictionary of psychology               150.992 SHE

Encyclopedia of psychology                                150.3 ENC

Study Guides

Study skills for psychology students by Latto and Latto                                                                                        150.711 LAT + available as an ebook

Study skills for psychology: succeeding in your degree by Freeman and Stone                                             150.711 FRE + available as an ebook​

Statistics without maths for psychology by Dancey and Reidy                                                                            150.727 DAN + available as an ebook

A short guide to writing about psychology by Dana Dunn                                                                                     808.06615 DUN + available as an ebook

Research Skills

Doing a Systematic Review: A Student's Guide by Boland, Cherry and Dickson                                                                                                    001.42 DOI

Research methods in psychology by Howitt                                                                                                                                               150.721 HOW (ebook)

Successful qualitative research : a practical guide for beginners by Braun and Clarke                                                                                    300.72 CLA

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review by Booth, Sutton, Clowes and Martyn-St James                                              001.42 BOO

Thematic analysis : a practical guide by Braun and Clarke                                                                                                                                     300.721 BRA



APA Guides and Useful Links

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association : the official guide to APA style - 808.06615 PUB

Reference Management

If you are a postgraduate student thinking of using reference management software, we provide support for both Zotero and Mendeley. Below are quick guides for getting started with each. If you are using Zotero and are having some technical issues, please direct them to the Zotero Forums which are very active and supportive.

Getting started on Mendeley [video to come].