Topic Guides are brief handouts designed to demonstrate how PsycINFO can be used to search for resources in a variety of topic areas. They contain three sample search scenarios, and a list of selected Index Terms. They have been translated into 8 languages:

In English, the guides are available in two formats: a PowerPoint file that contains only the text, so that you can incorporate any portions of the guide that you like into existing instruction materials; and a full-color PDF that you can download and print at your institution. For best results, we recommend using a lightweight card stock. The file is set to print two Topic Guides per page, double-sided, and be quickly cut to a finished size of 8.5" x 5.5".

Topic Guides are not platform specific, but have been designed to pair with our Quick Reference Guides, which demonstrate how to search PsycINFO on APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, ProQuest or Ovid.

If you are interested in having a quantity of either the English Topic Guides or Quick Reference Guides sent to you for use at your institution, please contact us.

Behavioral Economics

Child Development

Computers & the Internet





Grief & Trauma Counseling

Integrative Medicine

Law & Criminal Justice


Marketing & Advertising

Military Psychology




Public Health

Religion & Spirituality

Sexuality & Gender Identity

Social Work

APA grants permission for librarians and educators to link these Topic Guides to their library web sites, Libguides, course management software, and other resources intended to assist students and researchers in their work.


We have translated 20 of our Topic Guides. The files linked below are in PDF format and are best suited to being viewed online.


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