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Student Guide to Collections & Services


The library maintains electronic subscriptions to over 1,500 journals, 175,000 electronic books, and 1,000 streaming videos. All electronic resources are available on and off campus to the whole William James College community.

Use the search box below to locate items in our catalog. Or, for more advanced search features, please visit our catalog

Databases and Journals

A list of all journals to which the library subscribes is found in our A-Z Journal List

The library subscribes to the following databases:

  • EBSCOhost offers a broad range of full text and bibliographic databases. This currently includes PsycINFO, MEDLINE Complete, Mental Measurements Yearbook, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Business Source Complete, and more. Since EBSCOhost also works with our link resolver to search our other databases for full text options, we recommend you start your research with EBSCOhost. 
  • ProQuest this collection includes thousands of full-text scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, working papers, and market reports in the business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and religious fields. 
  • PEP Psychoanalytic journals, books, and videos.
  • Nexis Uni Legal, government, and business information sources.

Additionally, we also subscribe to individual titles through Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, and more. These titles are accessible via EBSCOhost or through our A-Z Journal List. 

For more information about our using our research databases, please visit our Research Guide.

Choosing a Database

There are many ways to access information. It is important that you choose the correct resource before you start your research. Not only will you find the most relevant, accurate, and scholarly material, but you will save time digging through database after database.

If you need help deciding which database to use, the library staff are here to help. 

Library Databases vs. Google Scholar vs. Wikipedia


Electronic Books

The library maintains a large collection of electronic books (eBooks) to supplement our physical collection. eBooks allow us to offer a wide range of materials, including some required textbooks, to our community without the restrictions that normally come with physical books.

It is important to note that we use several different vendors and not all eBooks will look the same or have the same features. Some vendors allow unlimited printing of the book, while others restrict it to a small number of pages. Generally speaking, we aim to ensure that all of our eBooks and eBook vendors are ADA compliant and allow access to the texts with screen readers. 

Links to all of the library's eBooks may be found in our catalog

You can also browse our eBook collections by access the following databases directly.

ProQuest eBook Central. The library subscribes to the Academic Complete Collection which contains over 135,000 titles, encompassing the arts, business, health & medicine, social science, and more. For help with eBook Central, such as reading online, downloading, annotating, and accessibility options, please visit the ProQuest eBook Central Libguide.

PsycBOOKS. Accessible via EBSCOhost, PsycBOOKS contains over 4,000 classic and new titles from APA publishing, including the APA Handbooks in Psychology and the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

EBSCO eBooks. Containing nearly 3,500 titles, the EBSCO eBook database is continually growing. Here you will find popular textbooks and a range of other valuable titles. For help with eBook Central, such as reading online, downloading, annotating, and accessibility options, please visit the EBSCO eBooks LibGuide.

PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing). This small collection of eBooks includes works by Freud, Winnicott, and other leaders in psychoanalytic psychology. 

Streaming Videos

The library subscribes to three streaming videos services. Streaming videos may be viewed on or off campus.

Alexander Street: "Counseling and Therapy in Video provides faculty and students with a first-hand look at the realities of working with clients and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice. These collection provide a thorough grounding in dozens of therapeutic methods and diagnoses, insight into the human condition, and training in skills such as reflection and empathy while working with specific populations such as veterans and teens." (searchable via our catalog): "Videos for teaching, training, self-study and continuing education. Since 1995, has been producing and distributing the highest quality training videos in psychotherapy, counseling and addiction treatment available anywhere."

Kanopy A wide range of documentaries and training films that cover many subjects including global and multicultural studies, mental health and social sciences.

Doctoral Projects

All of William James College's Clinical and School PsyD Doctoral Projects are available as PDFs from ProQuest Dissertations. Links to Doctoral Projects may be found in our catalog or directly on the ProQuest Dissertations website.

Psychological Testing Online

The library manages the college's accounts for several online psychological testing options. We currently have accounts with Pearson, MHS, WPS, and Par, Inc. We are adding more to this service all the time. If you would like more information about psychological testing online, please contact Julia Clement.