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Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities for Psychology & Psychiatry

Designed to help “researchers and academics match their manuscripts with the scholarly journals which are most likely to publish those manuscripts. The Directory indexes over 620 journals according to forty-one different topic areas, such as: Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, Psychopathology, and Social Psychology. The searchable Directory provides valuable contact information, review process data, manuscript specifications and guidelines, and publication information for each journal.” Also includes types of readership and acceptance rates per journal. After clicking the link above, check the radio button by the “Psychology & Psychiatry” button and then the “Access Selected Directory” button to access this directory.

Cambridge Collections Online

Contains subject or theme based collections of content within a richly functional, fully cross-searchable online environment. The Complete Cambridge Companions is available as a complete collection and as two sub-collections comprising the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture. Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication. Also available through Cambridge Collections Online, the Shakespeare Survey Online makes the distinguished 60 year history of the print series exclusively available online for the first time.

Directory of Open Access Ebooks

This is a searchable database/directory of freely available open-access ebooks. “The Directory of Open Access Books is a service of OAPEN Foundation. The OAPEN Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague.”

Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary Academic Complete)

Available to Pacifica faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Ebook Central was formerly named the Ebrary Academic Complete database. It contains over 100,000 ebooks from various academic disciplines. This database offers simultaneous use of all its ebooks, meaning multiple viewing of the same ebook at the same time. Ebook Central allows downloading (in PDF) and/or printing of generally 40% of all ebooks, per browser session, though exact downloading and printing restrictions are determined by ebook publishers. When you log into Ebook Central from off-campus, you will be automatically logged into your personal Ebook Central account, in which you can save ebooks to your bookshelf, look at your history, and more. For information about using Ebook Central, see the ProQuest Ebook Central LibGuide or view the Ebook Central YouTube videos, produced by ProQuest.

EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition (mobile access)

This database is specifically designed for alumni access and provides full text for more than 3,350 journals as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 8,200 journals from a variety of academic disciplines. This database also includes valuable peer-reviewed full text journals, offering critical information from many sources.

Film Literature Index

This freely accessible database does not contain full text. It “annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Indiana University a grant in 2002 to convert the print version of the Film Literature Index to electronic form. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.”

Gale eBooks

Gale eBooks includes full-text searchable access to reference books. See the Gale Support Center Training site for help and guides. Accessible reference books include the following:

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, 5 vols., 2005
Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature: A Handbook, 2005
Brill Dictionary of Religion, 4 vols., 2006
Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness, 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine, 2nd ed., 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology, 2007
Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, 2 vols., 2005
Dictionary of Literary Symbols, 1999
Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, 3 vols., 2007
Encyclopedia of African American Society, 2 vols., 2005
Encyclopedia of African Religion, 2 vols., 2009
Encyclopedia of Aging, 4 vols., 2002
Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 5 vols., 2006
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, 3 vols., 2004
Encyclopedia of Black Studies, 2005
Encyclopedia of Buddhism, 2 vols., 4
Encyclopedia of Community, 4 vols., 2003
Encyclopedia of Counseling, 4 vols., 2008
Encyclopedia of Human Development, 3 vols., 2006
Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2 vols., 2007
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols., 4
Encyclopedia of Judaism, 2nd ed., 4 vols., 2005
Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America, 3 vols., 4
Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology, 2006
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed., 10 vols., 2006
Encyclopedia of Psychology & Law, 2 vols., 2008
Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2010
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed., 15 vols., 2005
Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, 2006
Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, 2 vols., 2003
Encyclopedia of School Psychology, 2005
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, 4 vols., 2007
Encyclopedia of Shamanism, 2 vols., 2007
Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, 2 vols., 2007
Encyclopedia of Social Theory, 2 vols., 2005
Encyclopedia of the Human Brain, 4 vols., 2002
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, 3rd ed., 4 vols., 2009
Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd ed., 2 vols., 2008
Handbook of Death and Dying, 2 vols., 2003
Handbook of Psychophysiology, 3rd ed., 2007
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines, 1999
International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, 3 vols., 2005
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, 2nd ed., 4 vols., 2003
Key Words in Multicultural Interventions: A Dictionary, 1999
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 6 vols., 2005
New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993
Psychology Basics, rev. ed., 2 vols., 2005
SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, 2 vols., 2008

Mometrix Counseling and Social Work Test Preparation Ebooks

Mometrix publishes test preparation study guides, in ebook format, for professional licensure tests and exams. Included in our subscription are:

  • EPPP Secrets
  • MFT Exam Secrets
  • NCE Practice Questions
  • NCE Secrets
  • NCMHCE Practice Questions
  • NCMHCE Secrets

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

“OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes over 1.5 million theses and dissertations.” For more, see the OATD FAQ. We have also discovered that the OATD provides access to dissertations and theses from international institutes and universities not always indexed in ProQuest.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open Access

Provides full text access to hundreds of dissertations and theses whose authors have opted to publish as open access. This database is available to everyone, including alumni, free of charge. As of September 2011, there are nearly 60 Pacifica dissertations and theses included.


An “electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, PTSDpubs does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public.” Please note that it is a citation & abstract database, much like PsycINFO, and does not contain full text. To obtain online full text of citations in it, we recommend following the directions in our FAQ Articles available online in full text or Articles and books in print. Read more about PTSDpubs on the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs website.

Sigmund Freud Papers

Free access provided by the Library of Congress. “The papers of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) span the years from about the 6th century B.C.E. (a small Greek statue) to 1998, with the bulk of material dating from 1871 to 1939. The digitized collection documents Freud’s founding of psychoanalysis, the maturation of psychoanalytic theory, the refinement of its clinical technique, and the proliferation of its adherents and critics. Many facets of Freud’s life and work are reflected, including his early medical and clinical training; his relationship with family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients; his association with early psychoanalytic societies; his perspectives on analytical training; and his numerous writings.” For more information, see About this Collection.

Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology

Contains full content, fully searchable from Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, Stahl’s Illustrated Series and The Prescriber’s Guide. Contains information for side effects, dosing, and special population use. It also allows you to search drugs by name, class or use.