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CCPX 4075: Psychology and the United Nations



In this resource guide you will find a list of databases, journals, and archival resources that support research in international psychology and related disciplines. Electronic resources available through the Teachers College and Columbia University libraries can be accessed off-site using your TC uni.

Tips for Effective Searching

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is a controlled vocabulary used by most academic and research libraries. Controlled vocabularies use specific terms to describe a topic (you can think of them as tags) and can increase the relevance of your search.

  • If you see a title that you like when conducting a keyword search in the catalog, use the item’s subject headings (found on the item record page) to locate similar resources.
  • You can also conduct an “Advanced Search” and search by subject heading.

Below is a sample list of related subject terms that you may wish to include in your search through the Teachers College and Columbia University library catalogs: 

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community and Environmental Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Conflict Management---Research
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Emigrants and Immigrants--Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Environmentalism---Psychological Aspects
  • International Agencies
  • Mental Health
  • Peace-building
  • Peace--Research
  • Psychology
  • Psychology, Applied
  • Psychology, Industrial
  • United Nations
  • United Nations---Resolutions.

Boolean Operators, Quotations, and Truncation

Boolean Operators expand or limit your search. The most common operators are: AND, NOT, OR. You’ll find them under “Advanced Search.”

  • AND - Narrows your search, results will include only items that relate to both (or all) keywords 
  • OR - Broadens your search, results will include items that relate to any of the keywords
  • NOT - Narrows your search, results will exclude specific keywords 


Quotations and Truncation

Use quotation marks (“”) around phrases so that all terms can be searched together.

  • Ex. “humanitarian work psychology”

Use an asterisk (*), aka truncation tool, to search different endings of a word (this will expand your results).

  • Ex. child* searches child, childhood, children

Library Catalogs/ Discovery Tools 


Educat+ is the definitive record of library holdings at Teachers College and provides access to all materials in the library’s collection: books, journals, articles, curriculum, children’s literature, and institutional materials. 


CLIO is the online catalog for the Columbia, Barnard and Union Theological Seminary libraries. The catalog provides access to over 7 million items in the library’s holdings which include, books, journals, newspapers, databases, government documents, microforms, sound recordings, video recordings, and archival collections.


Children and Peace: From Research to Action

Internationalizing the History of Psychology

Pathfinders in international psychology

Prevention psychology: Enhancing Personal and Social Well-being

The Pursuit of Unhappiness the Elusive Psychology of Well-being

Transnational Psychology of Women: Expanding International and Intersectional Approaches


APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Theory and Research

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology

Handbook of Psychology: Experimental Psychology

A Handbook of Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology

The Wiley Handbook of Developmental Psychology in Practice: Implementation and Impact

The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda: Contested Collaboration

Handbook of International Psychology Ethics: Codes and Commentary from Around the World (Columbia)

Scholarly Journals

Applied Psychology

International Journal of Comparative Psychology

International Journal of Peace Studies

International Journal of Psychology

International Perspectives in Psychology

Journal of Conflict Resolution

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Journal of Peace Research


General/ Multidisciplinary Databases


Academic Search Premier 

“This multidisciplinary database provides active full text for more than 3,100 journals, including active full text for nearly 2,750 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals.” 

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals 

"DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals."


“JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.”

Psychology Databases

APA PsycInfo (Columbia)

"The APA PsycInfo® database, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from periodicals in dozens of languages." 


APA PsycNet is the single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA. PsycARTICLES contains the full text of articles from APA journals and EPF (Educational Publishing Foundation) journals; PsycBOOKS provides full-text access to current APA book publications; and PsycEXTRA features gray literature. 



“MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals.”


SAGE Video: Psychology Collection (Columbia)

"This collection features 134 hours across 426 videos, covering different content types that will help users instruct, learn, think deeply, and become even more curious. See professional psychologists in action, such as forensic psychologists working inside a prison, or clinical psychologists treating patients with a variety of mental health disorders; or venture back to the field's beginnings via footage of John B. Watson or Muzafer Sherif's early experiments. This collection has a great variety of content for all end users."


Social Science Databases


Contemporary Women’s Issues (Columbia)

Contemporary Women’s Issues is a 98% full-text resource for information about women in over 190 countries. The database is particularly useful for material relating to current topics in the social sciences, such as political science, psychology, and reproductive rights, as well as contemporary cultural studies. Includes book reviews, research reports, and fact sheets, in addition to journals and magazines.

Gender Studies Database (Columbia)

"Gender Studies Database, produced by NISC, combines NISC's popular Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia."

Gender Watch (Columbia)

Gender Watch is primarily a full text database, with some abstracts. Publications include scholarly journals (among them Critical Matrix, Hypatia, Columbia Journal of Gender & Law), magazines (the Advocate, Hurricane Alice, Lillith), newspapers (off our backs), newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, NGO and special reports. Coverage extends from 1970 (off our backs) to the present, with most material published since 1990.


OECD iLibrary (Columbia)

OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Includes all OECD books, papers, reports, periodicals, and statistical databases. 


PAIS Index (Columbia)

The database indexes journal articles; books; government documents; statistical compilations; committee reports; directories; serials; reports of public; intergovernmental; and private organizations, and most other forms of printed literature from all over the world. Areas covered include the literature of public policy, social policy, and the social sciences in general.

Sage Full-text Collection (Columbia)

The collection provides access to more than 555 SAGE journals, more than 175,000 articles, book reviews, and editorials, with original graphics and tables in the following disciplines: Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


Social Sciences Full Text™ (Columbia)

“Social Sciences Full Text provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the social sciences. This resource provides detailed indexing for over 625 periodicals dating back as far as 1983—nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed.” 

World Databank (Columbia)

A compilation of a number of World Bank data products, the most significant one being World development indicators (WDI).

UNdata (Columbia)

“UN data is a web-based data service for the global user community. It brings international statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single-entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources compiled by the United Nations (UN) statistical system and other international agencies. Descriptions of the international sources and definitions used in compiling the data are included.”

Citation Databases

Google Scholar

“Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.”

Web of Science (Columbia)

Web of Science indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, data sets, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Scopus (Columbia)

Scopus provides indexing, abstracting of and citation linking to journals in biology, physics, chemistry, geosciences, agriculture, medicine, business, social work, and the social sciences.


Academic Commons

Academic Commons collects, preserves, and makes accessible the scholarship and research of the faculty, staff, and students of Columbia University.

Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research

CHRDR is the official designated repository for the archival collections and internal records of major Human Rights organizations such as Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, the Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights First.


“OpenDOAR is the quality-assured, global Directory of Open Access Repositories. You can search and browse through thousands of registered repositories based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.”


PocketKnowledge, the institutional repository of Teachers College, Columbia University, collects and disseminates the work of TC students, faculty, and alumni. The collection consists of research materials, primary sources, dissertations, and media from some of the most influential figures in education, psychology, and health.

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

“The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.”

Related Resource Guides:

A Guide to Educat+

Human Rights Studies: Primary Source Documents and Archives (Columbia)

Psychology Resource Guide: Find ebooks, e-Journals & more (Columbia)

United Nations Resources: Background Information (Columbia)