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Clinical Psychology

Useful resources for finding academic literature for Clinical Psychology.


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Indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Detailed information about ASSIA

Coverage: 1987-present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users:  The Knowledge Network


CINAHL Plus- Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

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Covers 4,175 nursing, allied health, biomedicine, behavioural science, education and consumer health journal sand a wide range of other material including books, dissertations, educational software and audiovisual material. Abstracts and alerts are available.

Detailed information about CINAHL

Coverage: From 1937.
Help: Online tutorial
Additional Information: NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


Cochrane Library

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Used to inform the practice of evidence-based medicine. Cochrane includes the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, the Cochrane Review Methodology Database and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register. Updated quarterly.



EMBASE is a key resource


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The Excerpta Medica database, a major pharmacological and biomedical literature database covering about 8,500 journals from110 countries. Covers mainly journal literature (plus some book reviews and conference proceedings) with strong coverage of European journals.

Detailed information about EMBASE

Coverage: From 1947 to date.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


ERIC via EBSCOhost

ERIC via ProQuest

ERIC - Education Information Resource Center link

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Description: Indexes the journal and technical literature in the field of education and corresponds to the printed Resources in Education and Current Index to Journals in Education. ERIC contains more than 1.6 million records and links to more than 750,000 full-text documents.
Coverage: From 1966 to date.


IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Science) Online

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Produced by the British Library of Political and Economic Science, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) is an essential online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research focusing on the four core social science subjects of anthropology, economics, politics, and sociology. IBSS includes over 2.5 million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 book and chapter records are included each year. Abstracts are provided for around 80% of all current journal articles and users can link to the full text of articles in journals subscribed to by the University of Edinburgh.




MEDLINE is a key resource


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US National Library of Medicine database, covering worldwide medical literature including research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues and health care services. Corresponds to three printed indexes - Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature and International Nursing Index. Covers 5,600 journals published in the USA and about 70 other countries.

Detailed information about Medline

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Coverage: From 1946 to date.
NHS staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


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Description: Electronic community for the cognitive and brain sciences, which includes the full text of major reference works and over 750 MIT Press cognitive science books, full text of MIT Press journals in the field of cognitive and brain sciences, as well as a growing collection of other relevant books, journals and reference works from other participating publishers.


NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Clinical Guidelines

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Description: NICE is an independent UK organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. It provides guidance for health care professionals and the general public in the areas of public health, health technologies and clinical practice. The guidance is drawn up using evidence from NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and academia and made freely available on the web.
Help: Using NICE Guidelines


PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews

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Protocol details for systematic reviews relevant to health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.

Systematic review protocols on PROSPERO can include any type of any study design. Reviews of reviews and reviews of methodological issues that contain at least one outcome of direct patient or clinical relevance are also accepted.

Additional information: Produced by CRD and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).



Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 July 2024.

Audio and video recordings of original experiments (if available) with 45,000 pages of primary-source documents of 20th and 21st Century psychological experiments. includes notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes, letters penned by the lead psychologist, videos of modern-day replications, and modifications to the original experiments.


Includes: B.F. Skinner’s research with pigeons, Stanley Milgram’s research on obedience to authority, Albert Bandura’s Bobo Doll experiment, John B. Watson’s Little Albert experiment, Harry Harlow’s monkey study, Elizabeth Loftus's eyewitness testimony research, Kenneth and Mamie Clark's black and white doll experiment, Muzafer Sherif’s Robbers Cave experiments, Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison experiment, Bibb Latane and John Darley’s study of bystander apathy.


Psychological instruments (pdf)

Access information: freely available information sheet.
Description: How academic literature databases can be used to find out about psychological instruments.



PsycINFO is a key resource

PsycINFO - Ovid interface

[PsycINFO via APA PsycNET]

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American Psychological Association produced with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 29 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1806 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network



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Nearly 500 candid psychotherapy videos featuring known therapists. The more than 100 approaches include integrated behavioural health care, cognitive behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Common obstacles faced during unscripted therapy sessions are illustrated, synchronized transcripts allow searches for precise moments in therapy and playlist creation and video clip sharing is available.


PTSDpubs (formerly PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress)

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Description: Citations to literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events. Produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.

Citations from 1871 onwards.


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Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 onwards.  
User guide:
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.


Social Care Online (1980-2022)

Access information: Free access on and off-campus.
Description: UK social care academic literature but also legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, research briefings and UK grey (informally-published) literature, reports. Produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
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No updates after December 2022 and the site will close in January 2024.

Social Care Online’s bibliographic data will be subsumed in the subscription-based abstracting and indexing database, Social Policy & Practice.



Social Services Abstracts

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Description: Bibliographic coverage of current research focussed on social work, human service and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and human development.
Coverage: From 1979 with monthly updates.


Sociological Abstracts

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Description: Primary resource for accessing the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations.
  Records added after 1952 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles.


Web of Science Core Collection

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  Russian Science Citation Index is not presently included in the Web of Science.

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Cited reference searching, Impact Factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.


Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (both 1900 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards).

Also: Book Citation Indexes in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1985 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Change "Search in:" to use: BIOSIS Citation Index (1926 onwards), Current Contents Connect (1998 onwards), Data Citation Index (1990 onwards), Derwent Innovations Index (1966 onwards), KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), Medline (1950 onwards), PrePrint Citation Index (1991 onwards), ProQuest Dissertatoins & Theses Citation Index (1637 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (2002 onwards), Zoological Record (1864 onwards).


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports (JCR): 

Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)


For organising and screening records 


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Covidence is a web-based platform that supports the established and rigorous methods for systematic reviews. The platform helps review teams to work together more efficiently, and supports collaborators who are geographically separated. 


You can create your personal sign in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional subscription. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence, you must use your University of Edinburgh email address with domain

  1.  Go to
  2. Enter your information (using your email address) and click "Request Invitation" link
  3. Accept the invitation in your email
  4. Log in to your existing Covidence account or sign up for a new account
  5. If you have already joined the University of Edinburgh Library’s Covidence account, then you can log into Covidence and log in with your email and password and proceed to use Covidence 
  6. After clicking the link “Create new review” you will have the option to use your personal account license or select the University of Edinburgh account. Reviews created under the institutional license will be visible to the administrators of the University of Edinburgh Library Covidence account. Your personal account review(s) will only be seen by you.
Guidance and tutorials:


Whole review process - online self-directed learning

Cochrane Interactive Learning

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Initial registration must be via Library proxy server - see Notes.


Self-paced learning modules on the full process for conducting systematic reviews according to Cochrane Collaboration guidance. The content is created by systematic review methods experts. There are 11 modules presented using text and multi-media, and including self-assessment in the form of exercises and quizzes.

Your progress through the modules is recorded so that you can see what you’ve completed and pick up where you left off.

For more information please see 


The first time you use this resource, you need to register to create account so that your progress may be recorded: click here for a step by step registration guide. There is a two-stage registration process – if you already have a Cochrane account, you can skip the first step.