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Human Developmental Sciences: Articles (& Databases)

Recommended Databases


  1. PsycINFO  [UCSD Only]
    1806-present. From the American Psychological Association. Provides access to scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. Includes jrnl articles, books, chapters, and dissertations. Over 2,400 jrnl titles indexed.
  2. ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)  [UCSD Only]
    1966-present. Educational Resources Information Center is a database sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Education to provide access to educational-related literature. Includes citations and abstracts to journal articles (EJ) and documents (ED) in education.
  3. CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
    1937 - present. Covers over 1000 journals in nursing and the allied health sciences, including physical therapy, with full text for over 300 of those journals. Link below searches CINAHL and Pre-CINAHL.


Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to social gerontology, including the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. 

  • Communication Abstracts [UCSD Only]
    1963-present. Abstracts articles, reports, papers, books from a variety of publishers and research institutions in all areas of communication studies (mass, interpersonal and new communication technologies).
  • Family & Society Studies Worldwide [UCSD Only]
    Publications indexed are drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history, and social work. Covers 1970-present.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) [UCSD Only]
    Information on measurement instruments such as questionnaires, checklists, rating scales, and other measures in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. 

Covers the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. Publications on all aspects of the study of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics as well as fields of linguistic: descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical.                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • PubMED 
    1953-present. MEDLINE and genetics databases from the National Library of Medicine. Now offers e-mail alerting and RSS feeds! Choose Abstract display to see UC E-Links icons for linking to full text and ordering interlibrary loans.
  • Sociological Abstracts [UCSD Only]
    1963-present. Abstracts journal articles, monographs, dissertations, conference proceedings, other research covering sociology, social work, and related social sciences. Also includes selected web resources.
  • Web of Science [UCSD Only]
    1900-present. Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index. Major database indexes 10,000+ journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, & humanities, as well as conference proceedings.

Access Full Text Articles


 If you don't see either of these icons in a library database:

Use this icon:

It will automatically search for the full text of an article.

It may open up the article automatically, or you will get a menu of options to get the article (either a full page or a side menu):

- Choose any of the links to get the article online, if available
- See if the article is available in print (links out to the library catalog)
- Request via interlibrary loan if we don't have it.

1. Go to the Google Scholar homepage and click in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Choose Settings or the in the top right of the menu.

3. Select Library Links from the left-side menu.

4. Search for University of California, San Diego.

5. Mark check box next to this option and Save.


When you search for articles, you will now see an extra column with additional links on the right.  Where you see UC-eLinks, you may click it to view the UC-eLinks menu from which you can get the full text through the library databases. From this menu, choose whichever online option is available.


(Note: If you are not logged into the VPN (see home page of this guide), when you choose an article, you will be asked to log in with your UCSD username and password)

Finding Dissertations and Theses

Where to Find Dissertations and Theses

(1) In Roger, the library catalog.



(2) Use the database Dissertations and Theses to find dissertations at UCSD and other institutions.
(3) Don't see the one you need, request it via Interlibrary Loan.


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