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Since 1967, PsycINFO® has fostered the exchange of peer-reviewed research in digital format. After 50 years of digitizing and indexing literature in the behavioral and social sciences, PsycINFO has grown to become the most trusted and comprehensive library of psychological science in the world.


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Explore the full breadth of research in the behavioral and social sciences with confidence. Focused on the interdisciplinary aspects of the worldwide behavioral and social science research and literature, PsycINFO is unmatched as a resource for locating scholarly research findings in psychology and related fields across a host of academic disciplines — from the historical to the cutting edge.

Key benefits of PsycINFO

  • A single, authoritative source for interdisciplinary research, PsycINFO unlocks vital behavioral and social science linkages to a vast array of fields of study
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  • Documents that have tests or assessment instruments appended
  • Research from a specific grant or funding source

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Quick Facts
Database Type Bibliographic
Record Type Abstracts and index records
Record Format HTML
Update Frequency Updated Twice Weekly
Coverage Dates 1597–present, with comprehensive coverage from the 1880s
Journal Coverage
  • Nearly 2,500 journals covered (see Journal Coverage List)
  • Journals covered if psychologically relevant, archival, scholarly, peer-reviewed, and regularly published with titles, abstracts, and keywords in English 99% are peer-reviewed journals
  • Journal records—80% of the database
  • Includes First Posting journal records for early publication articles
Book Coverage
  • Book records—3% of PsycINFO
  • Book chapter records—8% of PsycINFO
  • Chapters come from authored and edited books
  • English-language, published worldwide
  • Selected if scholarly, professional, or research-based; all with psychological relevance
Dissertation/Secondary Publications Coverage
  • Selected from Dissertation Abstracts International (A and B)
  • Dissertation records—12% of PsycINFO
  • Abstracts in dissertation records starting from 1995
  • Selected on basis of classification in DAI in sections with psychological relevance
Global Coverage
  • Publications from more than 50 countries
  • Journals from 29 languages
  • Non-English titles in Roman alphabets included 1978–present
Record Contents Please refer to the Guide to the Fields in Our Database Records
Cited References
  • Virtually 100% of records from 1995 to present have abstracts
  • 99.6% of non-dissertation documents added from 1967 to present contain abstracts
Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms
  • More than 8,400 controlled terms and cross-references
  • Hierarchical, alphabetical, and subject arrangements
  • Major and minor terms assigned
  • Maximum of 15 total terms, 5 major terms per record
  • More information available at Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®
Classification System
Historic Records

Sources include the following:

  • Psychological Abstracts 1927–1966 (Note: All records published in Psychological Abstracts from 1927 to 2006 are in PsycINFO)
  • Psychological Bulletin 1921–1926
  • American Journal of Psychology 1887–1966
  • Psychological Index (1894–1935), citations to English language journals only
  • Classic Books in Psychology of the 20th Century and the Harvard Book List, 1840–1971
  • Most APA journals back to first issue of publication
  • Classic books in PsycBOOKS

Records for the first five above differ from present records in the following ways:

  • There is no controlled vocabulary (descriptor) field
  • Index may contain descriptor terms, but they are not controlled
  • Other indexing fields, such as Age Groups, Form/Content are not present
  • Classifications are broad only with no subcategories

PsycINFO continues to add historic content as it becomes available.


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