Counseling Research Guide

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading  Processing Request

Academic Search Complete

"Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals."

APA PsycTests

"A one-of-a-kind database of psychological tests and measures designed for use with social and behavioral science research. APA PsycTests’ expertly-created metadata allows you to instantly find and download instruments for research and/or teaching. Focused primarily on unpublished tests, this database was designed to save you time from having to reproduce tests when conducting research on previously measured constructs."

Gale Academic OneFile

"Academic OneFile is a comprehensive database of academic journals for scholarly research. It contains articles from 8000+ peer-reviewed journals and reference sources, most of which are full text, covering the disciplines of science, technology, medicine, theology literature and more. Contains the full text of the New York Times from 1995 to the present. Also contains podcasts and transcripts from National Public Radio (NPR), CNN, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."


"Scholarly resources on JSTOR include Archival and Current Journals, Books, and Primary Sources."

Mental Measurements Yearbook™ with Tests in Print

"MMY provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,700 contemporary testing instruments. This resource contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). A score index permits users to identify what is being measured by each test."

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

"ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text."


"PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 158,000 articles from nearly 80 journals. Coverage spans 1894 to present; nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1."


"PsycBOOKS®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of approximately 32,000 chapters in PDF from over 2,000 books published by APA and other publishers. It also contains close to 1,500 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology."

Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection

"Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection™ is a comprehensive database covering topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world’s largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals." Videos

"68 (CIU instructor selected) Psychotherapy & Counseling videos showing the most talented therapists in session, discussing the nuances of their work, and teaching you how to be better."

SAGE Research Methods

"SAGE Research Methods is the ultimate methods library with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method. The Methods Map can help those less familiar with research methods to find the best technique to use in their research. Built upon SAGE’s legacy of methods publishing, SAGE Research Methods is the essential online tool for researchers."

University Press Scholarship (Psychology based eBooks)

"Psychology ebooks"



American Journal of Family Therapy

"The American Journal of Family Therapy appeals to a wide readership, including marriage and family therapists, family counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, allied health practitioners, professional counselors, clinical social workers, clergy, physicians, and nurses."

Journal of Counseling Research and Practice

"Publishes articles related to the science and practice of counseling."

Journal of Professional Counseling : Practice Theory & Research

"As the official journal of the Texas Counseling Association, Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, and Research is a semi-annual scholarly publication, aiming at providing clinical, theoretical, and empirical guidance to professional counselors, educators, researchers, and other mental health professionals."

Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health

"The Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health is an interdisciplinary professional journal (retitled from American Journal of Pastoral Counseling to better reflect its broader scope) that is devoted to the scholarly study of spirituality as a resource for counseling and psychotherapeutic disciplines. This peer-reviewed quarterly journal seeks to enhance the understanding of spirituality as a core component of human well-being in individual, relational, and communal life."

Psychoanalysis & History

"Psychoanalysis and History is devoted both to the study of the history of psychoanalysis and the application of psychoanalytic ideas to historiography, forming a bridge between the academic study of history and psychoanalysis."

Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

"The Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year. Its purpose is to advance the discussion of the theory and practice of Christian formation and soul care for the sake of the educational ministries of the church, Christian education, and other para-church organizations through scholarly publications that are rooted in biblical exegesis, systematic theology, the history of Christian spirituality, philosophical analysis, psychological theory/research, spiritual theology, and Christian experience."

Journal of Counseling & Development

Articles of interest aimed at counselors, counseling psychologists & student personnel specialists who work in schools, colleges, community agencies & government.

Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Research, theory or program applications pertinent to multicultural and ethnic minority interest in all areas of counseling and human development.

Journal of Employment Counseling

Articles, commentary and review articles focusing on theory or practice in employment counseling, professional experimentation or research, vocational problems and concerns of counselors.

The Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling

Articles, commentary and review articles focusing on attitudes and offender counseling, prevention and treatment programs, theory and philosophy for programs with juvenile and adult rehabilitation programs.

Career Development Quarterly

Articles on career assessment & measurement, career counseling practices, career indecision, information, salience, self-efficacy, theory, transitions, gender issues, case histories & work & family.

Counseling and Values

Articles, commentary and review articles focused on the relationships among psychology, philosophy, religion, social values and counseling.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Articles concerned with research, theory development or program applications related to counselor education and supervision; the preparation and supervision of counselors in agency or school settings or at local, state and federal levels.

Journal of College Counseling

Articles on research, professional issues and ethics, and new approaches to improve student services.



Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development

Articles dealing with the theoretical and other problems of the measurement specialist or directed at the administrator, counselor or personnel worker in schools and colleges, public and private agencies, business, industry or government.




Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology

The journal aims to highlight 'engaged scholarship' and the very important social change work done by professionals and activists.



  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

    “The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.”    NAMI South Carolina

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

    “As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 55,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference. From webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support.”

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

“NBCC’s original and primary purposes are to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. As NBCC has grown, it and its divisions and affiliates have taken on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession and enhance mental health worldwide.”

“Two of NBCC’s certifications, the NCC and Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).”


  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

    “The only organization working exclusively for the mental health counseling profession.”
    State chapter: SCALPC

  • SCALPC South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors

    South Carolina state chapter of the AMHCA
    Mission: “To promote quality mental health counseling services, to maintain a viable and distinct professional identity for Licensed Professional Counselors, and advocate for public policy consistent with our professional ethics and values.”
    Why should I know it? Provides a forum for Licensed Professional Counselors, advocacy with legislative bodies, advocacy in the health care market, advocacy with insurance companies, educational programs, opportunities for professional development and networking, and fostering of cooperation among mental health care providers of comparable professional standards

  • South Carolina Department of Mental Health

    Mission: “To support the recovery of people with mental illnesses.”
    “Respect for the individual. Support for Local Care. Commitment to quality. Dedication to improved public awareness and knowledge.”
    Why should I know it?: Holds jurisdiction over all state mental health facilities. Provides support and research for those in the field of clinical mental health. May prescribe rules for records, investigates complaints.

  • Christian Mental Health Network

    This state and local network began in South Carolina upon recognizing “a need for a formal network among Christian mental health practitioners. This network is designed to provide those working in the mental health field, and those interested in mental health issues with information, support and professional development from a Christian perspective.”

  • LLR South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation

    Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors,
    Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists



Library Specialist Contact Info
Cynthia Snell