What Is PsycInfo?

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What Is PsycInfo?

  1. 1. WHAT IS PSYCINFO?<br />AN OVERVIEW OF THE <br />PSYCINFO DATABASE<br />by<br />MARK HABER<br />THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE<br />GILL LIBRARY<br />DECEMBER 2008<br />
  2. 2. PSYCINFO FACTS<br />PsycInfo is an abstract database of psychological literature from the 1880’s to the present.<br />PsycInfo contains bibliographic citations and<br /> abstracts from:<br /> Journal articles <br /> Books <br /> Chapters of books<br /> Dissertations<br />
  3. 3. Limiting Your Search<br />PsycInfo Searches can be limited to:<br />Journal articles only<br />Peer reviewed journal articles<br />Full text journal articles<br />
  4. 4. You can limit your search to full text, peer reviewed journal articles<br />
  5. 5. Controlled Vocabulary<br /> Agreed upon term for a subject or concept<br /> Manic Depression USE Bipolar Disorder<br /> Marital Adjustment USE Marital Relations<br /> Miscarriage USE Spontaneous Abortion<br /> Parental Participation USE Parental Involvement<br />
  6. 6. Use of Thesaurus<br />List of PsycInfo Subject Headings<br />Scope Note (PsycInfo’s definition of the term)<br />Other Terms (Broader, Narrower, Related)<br />
  7. 7. To go to the PsycInfo Thesaurus, click “Thesaurus”<br />
  8. 8. Type “manic depression” and click “Browse”<br />
  9. 9. Click “Bipolar Disorder”<br />
  10. 10. The scope note and other terms are listed<br />
  11. 11. Boolean Searching<br />Combine Search Terms<br />“AND” narrows the search (retrieved item must have all the terms)<br />“OR” broadens the search (retrieved item can have one or more of any of the terms)<br />“NOT” limits the search (retrieved item does not have the term)<br />
  12. 12. divorce and parent child relations and emotional adjustment<br />
  13. 13. Click on the title for detailed record<br />
  14. 14. This is the detailed record for the article<br />
  15. 15. Scroll down to read the abstract (summary)<br />
  16. 16. Scroll up and click “PDF Full Text”<br />
  17. 17. This is the full text article<br />
  18. 18. Truncation<br />The asterisk* at the end of the root of a word retrieves the word and all forms of the word<br />Adolescen* retrieves adolescent, adolescence, etc.<br />Parent* retrieves parent, parental, parenting, etc.<br />Home* retrieves home, homeless, homesickness, etc.<br />
  19. 19. adolescen* and parent* and home*<br />
  20. 20. Retrieving the full text<br />Some articles are available full text<br />Others can be requested at the Circulation Desk<br />Journal articles, books, and dissertations that are not owned by CNR can be ordered via Illiad<br />
  21. 21. Click on the title for detailed record<br />
  22. 22. This is the detailed record for the article<br />
  23. 23. Scroll down and click “Search for Article”<br />
  24. 24. Next to “Print Holdings” click “Journal”<br />
  25. 25. Print holdings of the journal “Psychological Reports”<br />
  26. 26. Advantages of Using PsycInfo<br />Contains journal articles, books, and dissertations<br />Comprehensive Thesaurus<br />Boolean Searching<br />

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