Full-Text Psychology Journal Articles

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If you are a psychology student or taking any sort of social science class, then you will need to be able to read and understand the articles found in scientific research journals. Such articles describe different psychology studies on a wide range of subjects. As you are writing papers or conducting your own research, these journals can provide helpful sources and background information.

Finding full-text psychology journals online can be difficult, especially for people with limited access to academic libraries or online databases. Fortunately, there are a number of psychology, social science, and medical journals that offer free full-text articles.

Full-text journals may be especially useful for students living in rural areas or studying via distance education. The below journals offer access to a selection of full-text articles online.

These journals represent just some of the resources that are available online. If you are still looking for additional research, pay a visit to your university library to access their database of journal articles. In many cases, your school's library may have access to a number of different research databases where you can find full-text journal articles for your research.

Full-Text Psychology Journals

You might consider starting your search with journals that offer full-text, electronic versions of their content. Whether these journals offer the material you need for your research depends on the topic you are researching and the specific guidelines of your assignment.

Recently published articles may not be immediately available. Many journals that offer full-text versions of their content do so after a waiting period that may last anywhere from one month to one year after publication.

How to Find Free Full-Text Articles

In addition to looking at journals that specifically provide access to full-text articles free of charge, it can be helpful to know how to locate full-text versions of articles on your own. You might also consider signing up for workshops or courses offered by your school that help teach students how to search for academic resources.

Many journals offer full-text, electronic editions of their articles in HTML or PDF format. You can search for these versions of the articles using the following strategies and sources:

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is the digital archive of the United States National Library of Medicine. Many of these articles are available in full-text format. You can search for articles by topic, author, and journal title. You can also search on PubMed to find citations and abstracts for many different articles.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library also offers full-text versions of research articles. You can browse by topic, look through special collections, or use the search tool to find articles relevant to your research.

Springer Link

SpringerLink offers access to journal articles and other resources. While not all of the content on the site is available in full-text form, some articles are accessible in either HTML form or as a PDF download.


CogPrints is an archive that features journal articles on a number of topic areas, including many in psychology. Find articles on behavioral analysis, clinical psychology, psychobiology, social psychology, and more.

Google Search

If you know the title of the article you are searching for, you can often find a full-text version by searching the full title of the article. Some article authors may post the full content on their personal websites as downloadable PDFs, or the article might be available in other formats on other academic sites or journal databases.


In addition to finding sources in journals that publish full-print versions online, you can also look through databases and sites that may contain full-text psychology journal articles. If you find an abstract for an article that seems like it might be a good source, a simple online search can often turn up a full version of the article.

A Word From Verywell

Knowing where to locate journal articles can be helpful, but having the skills to search for them on your own can be invaluable. If you are still struggling to locate sources online, consider visiting your school's library for more information, tips, and resources.

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By Kendra Cherry, MSEd
Kendra Cherry, MS, is a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, psychology educator, and author of the "Everything Psychology Book."