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  • PsycArticles  Icon
    Full text access to peer-reviewed articles from more than 80 journals in psychology, including journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), covering general, specialized, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. 1894-
  • PsycINFO
    Citations, abstracts, bibliographies, tests and evaluations from professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines 1887-
  • PubMed
    More than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index)  Icon
    Search leading scholarly literature in the sciences from 1955- .
  • Annual Review of Psychology
    Annual Reviews is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the worldwide scientific
    community with a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature for a broad
    spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Searching PsycINFO

1) When you navigate to PsycINFO, you'll first be asked to select the years you would like to search. For the most powerful searches, it is best to select one of the PsycINFO options, rather than All or PsycArticles. PsycINFO contains citations from over 2,000 publications, where as PsycArticles contains only select publications from the American Psychological Association. PsycINFO also contains a thesaurus than allows for more specific searches. 

2) The next step is to select a search option. The default option is Advanced Search. Here you can search by keyword, author, article title, or journal title. Note: The default Keyword option searches for your terms in the title, abstract, heading word, table of contents, key concepts, original title, and tests & measures fields, not in the full text of the article.

3. A more powerful option is to use the Thesaurus to combine several search terms into one search. The thesaurus limits the vocabulary that is used to describe the "aboutness" of articles so that they can be located more efficiently. 

For example, say you wanted to find articles on changing opinions on gay marriage. Click on the Search Tools link, limit the dropdown menu to Thesaurus, and add a search for the word opinion.

In the next screen, you will see a box that says that opinion was not found in the Thesaurus, but it will map it to a suggestion of attitude measures. As you browse through the list, you can also select a term that more appropriatly matches your research question. In the box below, we have selected Attitude Change. Then click Continue.

4) Once you have performed searches for several terms in the Thesaurus, you can combine them using the Search History tab. For example, below we have added another Thesaurus search for homosexuality or same sex marriage. If we combine these by clicking on the And icon, we can search for articles that are about these two thesaurus terms. 

5. The result will be a third search that combines the previous two searches to retrieve 26 relevant articles to this topic. Scroll down to see the article results.

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