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My top recommendation for finding peer-reviewed research articles for psychology, is to use the PsycINFO database.
Because it is "the" resesarch database for psychology; by that I mean it is the database that contains the majority of publications coming out of the field of psychology, and is widely used by researchers in the field. These publications you will find here are things like journals, books, and dissertations --basically a lot of original research studies and experiments.
As well, searching a subject-specific database can have its benefits, in that there are lots of specialized search filters to help you uncover whatever it is you seek.
As a UVic student, you can access PsycINFO through the Library website. From the top of the Library homepage, click on the Search options menu > Databases > PsycINFO
Or, you can use the direct link to PsycINFO below.