Help with searching Psychology databases
- Sample PsycINFO Search (Video)
This is a sample search of PsycINFO on the ProQuest platform. We use a search example question to illustrate how you can use the elements of a question to build a search with the thesaurus.
- Using the Methodology Limiter in PsycINFO on ProQuest
- Classification Categories and Codes
- Why Use the Thesaurus?
- Quick Reference Guide to PsycINFO
Introduction to Searching
Some Discussion about:
What is a search engine?
What is a database?
What value does PsycINFO add to records for articles, books, and book chapters?
Quotation Marks find articles with that exact phrase:
Truncation finds articles with all variant endings of your keyword:
behavior* searches for behavior, behaviors, behavioral, behavioralism, etc. but not behaviour why?
Or finds articles with either of your keywords:
anxiet* or fear* or stress
And finds articles with both of your keywords:
violence and television
And (Or) finds articles with combinations of keywords:
violence and (television or video games or music)
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