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Journal Article Database Descriptions

Academic Search Premier

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 titles. Academic Search Premier is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost. The database includes content from the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection and the Religion and Philosophy Collection. For more information on searching this database, see this user guide published by EBSCO.

Alt HealthWatch
Focuses on many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed, journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. It also provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. Indexing and abstracts goes back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

APA databases
This allows you to simultaneously search all the APA databases Pacifica subscribes to, namely PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, and PsycINFO.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
Combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA’s online collection of major religion and theology journals. Includes more than 488,000 article citations from more than 1,500 journals (506 currently indexed), more than 215,000 essay citations from over 15,700 multi-author works, and more than 446,000 book review citations. This database begins in 1949 although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Business Source Elite
Provides full-text coverage of nearly 1,000 scholarly business, management and economics journals. It also covers scholarship crossing over between psychology and business, such as industrial psychology, anxiety, risk-taking, leadership, and transformational leadership. Full text coverage includes the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management journals, and Leadership Quarterly. For more info about this database, see EBSCO’s description. For more information on searching this database, see this user guide published by EBSCO.

Directory of Open Access (DOAJ) Journals
The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, this independent database contains 6,339,730 articles and over 16,500 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages are welcome to apply for inclusion..

EBSCO E-Journals Database
This allows you to search in and retrieve articles from the full text e-journals the library subscribes to on an individual basis, meaning the journals not in full text in the other EBSCO, APA, or JSTOR databases. Many of these journals, such as American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, Qualitative Inquiry, and Qualitative Research, are also not always indexed (meaning no full text or even citation/abstract records of their articles) in other EBSCO databases available to current students and faculty. Note that this E-Journals Database uses the same interface as other EBSCOhost databases, and replaces the older EJS product.

ERIC Database
ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

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.”

Health Source Consumer Edition
Contains full text access to over 80 consumer health periodicals. “Also included in this database is searchable full text for current health-related pamphlets and nearly 130 health reference books, including books published by the People’s Medical Society. Additionally, Health Source: Consumer Edition contains more than 9,900 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish) and Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary. This full-text database covers topics such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, women’s health, etc.” For more info, see EBSCO’s description.

Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition
“Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.” For more info, see EBSCO’s description.

Humanities International Complete
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (over 2,000 titles and 2 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences III
Contains journals in languages and literature, as well as essential titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture. Additional interdisciplinary titles broaden the scope of coverage to include folklore, feminist & women’s studies.

PEP Archive
Contains peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles from the field of psychoanalysis. Produced by Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, Inc, the database offers the full text of 20 principal psychoanalytic journals and more than 40 classic psychoanalytic books dating as far back as 1920. In all, the database includes more than 50,000 articles, book chapters, book reviews, letters and commentaries and 4,000 figures and illustrations. For more information on searching the PEP Archive, see this user guide published by EBSCO.

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.

PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 100,000 articles from 59 journals – 48 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present.

PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains nearly 2.3 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. 97 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 2,100 periodicals in more than 25 languages. For more information on searching PsycINFO, see this user guide published by EBSCO.

Reference Database Descriptions

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.

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

Oxford Classical Dictionary
“Written by the very best of classical scholars from all over the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.”

Oxford Companion to Consciousness
“The Oxford Companion to Consciousness is the most complete authoritative survey of contemporary research on consciousness. Structured as an easy-to-use dictionary and extensively cross-referenced, the Companion offers contributions from philosophy of mind to neuroscience, from experimental psychology to clinical findings, so reflecting the profoundly interdisciplinary nature of the domain.” (from Oxford

Oxford Companion to the Mind
The Oxford Companion to the Mind contains “discussions of concepts such as language, memory, and intelligence, side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the ‘cocktail-party’ and ‘halo’ effects, and the least effort principle. The second edition includes new entries on attachment theory, caffeine, extra-terrestrial intelligence, and imagination; it also includes three ‘mini symposia’ — on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence — with contributions from a range of specialists.” (from Oxford

Oxford Companion to World Mythology
“Covering all aspects of mythology, this Companion includes essays on the world’s major mythological traditions (Greek, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian), along with retellings of better-known myths, and entries on mythological types, motifs, and figures (such as the Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, Creation, Odysseus, Spider Woman, and Inanna), and related subjects (such as fairly tales and legends).” (from Oxford

Oxford English Dictionary
Contains meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find these in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language, traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

Oxford Handbooks: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion Collections
The library’s subscription to these Collections provides access to over 8,000 entries from Oxford Handbooks. These include entries on psychology’s principal subfields: clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, the history of psychology, industrial/organization psychology, methods and measurement in psychology, neuropsychology, and personality and social psychology. Also included are entries on philosophy of the mind, moral philosophy, history of western philosophy, and various religions.

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.

Dissertation Database Descriptions

Dissertations & Theses @ Pacifica Graduate Institute
A subset of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text database, limited specifically to Pacifica’s doctoral dissertations and master’s theses (theses started being available in ProQuest primarily in 2010, though there are a few from 2008-2009). Nearly all Pacifica dissertations are in this database except for those so recently published that they have not yet been sent to ProQuest.

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 (formerly named Digital Dissertations)
This database includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. It also offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997, from various universities.

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.

Ebook Database Descriptions

DSM-5 Library
Available to current Pacifica faculty, students, and staff. The entire DSM-5, with classification and appendix, can be browsed by sections, disorder categories, and then specific disorders. DSM-5 emerging measures and models (section III) are included. There is also an alphabetical listing of DSM-5 diagnoses and codes, as well as numerical listings of the diagnoses and codes. Both are in the Appendix.

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 eBook Collection
Available to Pacifica faculty, students, and staff. This ebook collection houses individual ebooks Pacifica owns that are hosted by EBSCO. Access is provided through the typical EBSCOhost platform.

Oxford Classical Dictionary
“Written by the very best of classical scholars from all over the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.”

Oxford English Dictionary
Contains meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find these in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language, traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

PsycBOOKS – (mobile access)
PsycBOOKS, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of more than 16,000 chapters in PDF from over 3,000 books published by APA and other distinguished publishers. The database includes most scholarly titles published by APA from copyright years 1953 – 2005. It also includes 100 out-of-print books and a total of more than 400 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology.
See the APA coverage list for this database’s titles.

Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology
Contains full content, fully searchable from Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, Stahl’s Illustrated Series andThe 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.

World Folklore and Folklife
Includes information on celebrations and rituals, food and drink, holidays and festivals, music and dance, religion and belief, tales,myths, and urban legends, and traditional arts and crafts. Content also includes theGreenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore,Greenwood Library of American Folktales, and titles in the Greenwood Folklore Handbook series, such as Myth,Proverbs, Folk and Fairy Tales, Campus Legends, Fairy Lore, and more. It also includes thousands of classic folk tales, including the complete Hans Christian Andersen stories, Grimms’ fairy tales, and folktales from around the world. Additional features include Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend,multimedia resources, images, maps, and web resources.

Image & Symbol Database Descriptions

ARAS – Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism
Covers mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world, throughout history. ARAS probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family. It contains about 17,000 photographic images, each cross-indexed, individually mounted, and accompanied by scholarly commentary. The commentary includes a description of the image with a cultural history that serves to place it in its unique historical and geographical setting. Often it also includes an archetypal commentary that brings the image into focus for its modern psychological and symbolic meaning, as well as a bibliography for related reading and a glossary of technical terms. – from About ARAS (for further information)

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database
“The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database contains digitised images from the Institute’s Photographic Collection and Library. The material for which the Warburg Institute holds the copyrights is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License. Search by iconographic keywords or browse the iconographic classification system. To search by artist, date, location, or other parameters, please use the advanced search menu. The iconographic classification system of the database is based on that of the Warburg Institute Photographic Collection. Please note, however, that the database is not the digital equivalent of the Photographic collection.The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database is a work-in-progress. The holdings of the Photographic Collection are being digitised per section.” – from The Warburg Institute. (for further information)

Newspaper, Report, Conference Paper Database Descriptions

Newspaper Source (mobile access)
“Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc.” For more info, see EBSCO’s description.

PsycEXTRA (mobile access)
PsycEXTRA, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a bibliographic and full-text companion to the scholarly PsycINFO database. The document types included in PsycEXTRA consist of technical, annual and government reports, conference papers, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures and more. It contains more than 85,000 records with nearly a quarter million full-text pages.

Test & Measure Database Descriptions

“ is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.” Produced by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Includes psychological, stress disorders, and mental-health related clinical studies (as well as others; see subjects within behaviors and mental disorders). For more, see what information can I find on Clinical

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print (mobile access)
Produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. First published by Oscar K. Buros, the MMY series allows users to make knowledgeable judgments and informed selection decisions about the increasingly complex world of testing. MMY provides coverage from Volume 9 to the present.

PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress)
An “electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, PILOTS 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. PILOTS is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public.” Read more on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

As of July 12, 2012, this database is now available through EBSCO. It “serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and so on.” It includes “full text of psychological tests and measures, as available, full bibliographic records and descriptive summaries of tests in each record, and descriptive summaries of commercially available tests with links to the publisher. The main focus of PsycTESTS is unpublished tests, those developed by researchers for use in their work but not made commercially available. For as many as possible, APA includes the full text of the tests and measures. The records for these are based on published accounts of test development or evaluation. In some cases, the record is based on use of a test when it has been used for a new population or setting.”

Video Database Description Full Collection
This collection of over 300 videos allows you to view videos online, with each video broken down by chapter for quick navigation. Synchronized transcripts and subtitles are available for many of our videos, with the spoken words highlighted on a transcript as a video plays. Many videos also come with an instructor’s manual. You can search for videos in the Collection, or browse for them by approach, therapeutic issue, expert, or population. Notable videos available for viewing include the following:

Patricia Arredondo – Culturally Sensitive Counseling with Latinos
James Hillman – James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy
James Hillman – James Hillman on the Soulless Society
Jon Kabat-Zinn – Healing Power of Mindful Parenting
Jon Kabat-Zinn – Mindfulness for Life: An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Otto Kernberg – Live Case Consultation
Otto Kernberg – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders
Peter Levine – Resolving Trauma in Psychotherapy: A Somatic Approach
Monica McGoldrick, Elaine Pinderhughes – Racism, Family Secrets and the African American Experience
Bessel van der Kolk – Bessel van der Kolk on Understanding Trauma

Carl Rogers – Carl Rogers on Person-Centered Therapy
Ernest Rossi – Mind-Body Therapy
Ronald D. Siegel – Integrating Mindfulness into Counseling and Psychotherapy
Derald Wing Sue – Multicultural Competence in Counseling & Psychotherapy

Irvin Yalom – Confronting Death and Other Existential Issues in Psychotherapy