Finding Articles: Indexes and Databases
Due to the interdisciplinary character of the field, there is not a single database that covers
all journal publications relevant to research in environmental psychology.The results of such
research are reported in architectural, design, planning, geographic, and related publications, as
well as in the psychological literature. As a result, it is necessary to search multiple
bibliographic sources to find pertinent research.
Together the following databases provide coverage of most of the relevant
Index to Architectural Periodicals. For work on environmental psychology and environmental
design appearing in architectural and related periodicals. It includes citations for more popular
treatments as well as scholarly articles.
InformeDesign. “Where research
informs design.” A clearing house for design research, provided through the collaboration of the
University of Minnesota and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Among other
features, it includes a classified index and summaries of research appearing in selected
The major index for psychological literature, including many publications in environmental
psychology, often with full text available.
Depending on the specific area of investigation a number of other databases
and indexes may include relevant material.
Environmental Psychology Journals
These three journals are devoted almost exclusively to the publication and
review of research in environmental psychology. Titles link to on-line versions where
Environment and Behavior
. 1969–. Published in cooperation with
EDRA, this journal provides
perspectives from a variety of disciplines on the interaction of humans with their environments. It
includes book reviews and discussions as well as original research reports. Published six times a
year. Last ten years in City Planning Library, earlier volumes in the Main Stacks 309.2605 EN.
Journal of Architecture and Planning Research (JAPR). 1984–. Continues
The Journal of Architectural Research (1970–). Connects theoretical and empirical research
with architectural and urban planning practice. Quarterly. Last ten years in Ricker and City Planning Libraries, earlier years in Main Stacks. 711.1305 JO.
Journal of Environmental
Psychology. 1981–. Contains multidisciplinary research on the relationships and
transactions between people and their socio-physical environments. Includes occasional in-depth
book reviews. Quarterly. Physical copies in the Ricker Library.
While they are not devoted solely to environmental psychology, relevant research
articles often appear in the following journals. Also included are some environmental psychology
journals that have ceased publication.
Architectural Science Review
. 1958–. Recent issues in Ricker, bound volumes in Main Stacks Q. 720.5 ARS .
Architecture & Comportement = Architecture & Behavior. 1980–1995, ceased. Main Stacks 720.103 AR25
ARQ: Architecture Research Quarterly. 1995–. Ricker Library.
Building and Environment
. 1964–. Recent issues in Ricker Library, older volumes in Main Stacks Q. 690.5 BUS.
Environment and Planning. A family of journals concerned broadly with theoretical and
empirical research on space and spatial arrangement.
Environment and Urbanization
. 1989–. Recent issues in City Planning Library.
. 1972–. Last 10 years in Education Library (Print cancelled 2004). Previous vols. in Main Stacks 301.305 HU.
Journal of Environmental Planning
. 1992–. Continues
Planning Outlook. Recent issues City Planning Library, bound volumes in Main Stacks 710.105 PLO1.
Journal of Planning Literature
. 1985–. Also includes abstracts of planning literature appearing in other publications. Past
ten years in City Planning Library, earlier volumes in Main Stacks 711.405 JOP.
Journal of Urban Affairs
. 1981–. Formed from the union of
Urban Interest and
Urban Affairs. Past ten years in City Planning Library, earlier volumes in Main Stacks 307.7605 JO.
Man-Environment Systems. 1969–1987. Ceased. Main Stacks 301.305 MANE.
Open House International. 1976–. Current issues in Ricker, bound volumes, beginning with vol. 8 (1983) in Main Stacks Q. 728.05 OP.
. 1983–. Complete run in Ricker Library, last five years in City Planning Library, older volumes in Main Stacks 711.05 PLA.
While they do not contained peer-reviewed articles or detailed reports of
research, the following periodicals can be helpful in keeping up-to-date on professional activities
in the field.
Design Research News (DRN). Published by
EDRA, provides news of current
developments in environmental design research, including organizational activities.
IAAP Newsletter --
Division of Environmental Psychology
. Notes of the activities of the Environmental Psychology Division of the International
Association of Applied Psychology, along with announcements of conferences, new publications, etc.
Often quite brief.
Population and Environmental Psychology
. The newsletter of Division 34 of the
APA. Published twice a year, the
spring issue contains abstracts of relevant papers to be presented at the APA convention.
Research Design Connections
. 2002–. “The knowledge tool to create great places” Commercially oriented magazine on the
application of research to environmental design. City Planning 745.4 RE.