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?
#sources needed for a literature review?
citing a source within a source: (from APA Citations Page University of Maryland)
Citing a Source within a Source (Publication Manual, p. 178)
Scenario: You read a 2007 article by Linhares and Brum that cites an earlier article, by Frederick. You want to cite Frederick's article, but you have not read Frederick's article itself.
Reference List Citation
Linhares, A., & Brum, P. (2007). Understanding our understanding of strategic scenarios: What role do chunks play? Cognitive Science, 31(6), 989-1007. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1080/03640210701703725
Your Reference list will contain the article you read, by Linhares and Brum. Your Reference list will NOT contain a citation for Frederick's article.
Frederick's study (as cited in Linhares & Brum, 2007) found that...
Your in-text citation gives credit to Frederick and shows the source in which you found Frederick's ideas.
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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