Free Search Help Resources for Students

Take a look at some of our free resources for students. They include video tutorials, webinars, and research topic resources.

Have you seen the free search help resources for students available from APA?

Did you know that APA offers a host of free teaching tools for psychology research that are perfect for undergraduate students?

Not only can you find video tutorials, training webinars, and reference guides that will help students learn how to efficiently search scholarly research databases, but you can provide links to website materials, podcasts, and application guides that will help them explore topics in psychology and human behavior.

Improving Research Skills

Let's start with the materials you can use to help them improve their research skills:

Video Tutorials

Video tutorials are a terrific resource. We create them for all major platforms that provide access to the APA databases. For example, if your institution uses EBSCOhost, this video will explain why and how to use the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms in under 3 minutes.

We have more than 80 videos, all available on YouTube, that clearly and quickly demonstrate practical tips for using the databases. Just visit PsycINFO: APA Databases Training Videos and look for the playlist for your platform. In addition, APA grants permission for librarians or other research instructors to link to these tutorials from your own websites and other resources intended to assist students and researchers in their work.


Would a webinar aimed at the new researcher in psychology be useful? Just ask. If you have at least 10 students who could benefit, one of the PsycINFO Department trainers would be happy to customize a session. This free training is available on our databases on the major platforms (APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, OvidSP, and ProQuest) between the hours of 8:30 and 5:30 Eastern Time. Just email us and we'll contact you to discuss your needs.

Quick Reference Guides

For the student or faculty member on the go, you can provide Quick Reference Guides for PsycINFO that fold to the size of a credit card for quick referral. Email us and tell us what platform you use and how many you would like (up to 500), and we will ship them out — free of charge! You will also find PDF versions posted on our website. You can link them to your LibGuides or learning management systems, or print them directly if you're in a hurry!

Exploring Topics in Psychology and Human Behavior

Not surprisingly, one of the best places to go for information about psychology and human behavior content is the APA website itself. On the APA homepage you'll find information about psychology topics, a psychology newswire, and links to the most viewed content on the website.

Students curious about the kind of content available in the APA databases can explore the archives of search examples and accompanying podcasts. Content is available for PsycEXTRA®, our gray literature database that contains very current information and hot topics; for PsycBOOKS® classic books, which examine the fascinating history and core theories of psychology and related disciplines; and PsycCRITIQUES®, which provides current reviews of important new works in psychology.

PsycCRITIQUES is a terrific source for teachers to who are looking for course material and students who are looking for topics. You may subscribe to the podcasts from our Search Help and Training Center page or iTunes.

Our Application Guides also give search hints and examples for a variety of topics found in PsycINFO and PsycEXTRA. For example, you can find guides on content ranging from consumer psychology and marketing to neuroscience to religion and spirituality to sports.

And we always value your input. Like what you see? Let us know. Have an idea for a new topic or training product? Please contact us with questions, ideas, and suggestions. We can be reached by email or by phone at 1-800-374-2722.