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Applied Psychology *: How to Find/Browse

Focused on the application of psychology in the real world.

Searching Tips

The USC Libraries' Developing Keywords tutorial can help you practice using effective search terms so a database can find what you seek. Additionally, many databases index their records (e.g. PsycINFO and PubMed/MEDLINE). In these cases, it is important to add to your search strategies those subject terms that are related to your key words. These can be found in a Subject Index or Thesaurus. Visit the Searching Solutions Research Guide for more information and tips.

More under an item offers links to tutorials.

How to Find Full-Text Journal Articles

  • To locate specific online journals online, go to USC Journals and type in the name or subject of your journal(s)
  • To locate journals in print and on campus also start at the USC Libraries homepage
    • Select USC Libraries Catalog from the drop-down menu
    • Search for your journal
    • Use the filters on the left side of the results to limit to Journals.

USC Libraries CatalogTo search for individual articles, use the USC Libraries search box.

Finding a Book in the Library

Search and apply filters

You can find books (and other resources) in the Library on your topic by searching in the main search box at the USC Libraries' homepage. Under Refine my search, Materials Type, limit your results to Books by clicking on check box next to Books, then click Apply Filters.

Browse Individual Journals

Human Resource Management International Digest
Journal of Managerial Psychology

Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Journal
International Journal of Selection and Assessment
International Journal of Training and Development
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
Journal of Occupational and Organizational
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Negotiation and Conflict Management Research
Negotiation Journal
Personnel Psychology
Psychology and Marketing
Stress and Health

Administrative Science Quarterly
German Journal of Human Resource Management: Zeitschrift für Personalforschung
Human Factors
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Organizational Psychology Review
Organizational Research Methods

Administrative Science Quarterly
Harvard Business Review
IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Journal of Business and Psychology
Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture

Accident Analysis and Prevention
Applied Ergonomics
Human Resource Management Review
Journal of Safety Research
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Organizational Dynamics
Research in Organizational Behavior

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
International Journal of Human Resource Management
Work and Stress

Journal of Human Resource Management
Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
South African Journal of Human Resource Management
Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Personnel Psychology
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management
Journal of Organizational Psychology
Journal of Strategic Human Resource Management

Sample search terms

The Library of Congress classifications for industrial and organizational psychology are HD and HF, specifically:

  • HD58.7-58.95  Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness; Corporate culture (Search using: HD58.7* OR HD58.8* OR HD58.9*)
  • HF5548.7-5548.85  Industrial psychology (HF55487* OR HF5548.8*)

Browsing in any of these areas may lead to the discovery of valuable material in addition to the specific items listed in this guide.

Below are just a few possible broad search terms that could be used to look for articles and books:

  • Collaboration
  • Collective behavior
  • Employee attitudes
  • Employee engagement
  • Family work relationships
  • Group dynamics
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial psychology
  • Interpersonal interaction
  • Job satisfaction
  • Management methods
  • Military veterans
  • Occupational attitudes
  • Occupational psychology
  • Occupational stress (use instead of burnout)
  • Organizational behavior
  • Personnel
  • Quality of work life
  • Wellness programs
  • Work attitudes
  • Work teams
  • Workaholism
  • Working women

Google Scholar

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.

Recommended: Always access Google Scholar from the USC Libraries pages. The Find it @ USC should take you to directly the USC databases whether or not you sign in, but doesn't always. If you don't see Find it @ USC, go to Settings, Library Links, search for the University of Southern California, and click the check box, then Save.