WHAT IS PSYCINFO? AN OVERVIEW OF THE  PSYCINFO DATABASE           by     MARK HABER THE COLLEGE OF NEWGILL LIBRARYROCHELLE...
PSYCINFO FACTS PsycInfo is an abstract database of psychological literature from the 1880’s to the present.  PsycInfo con...
You can limit your search to full text, peer        reviewed journal articles
Free text search “manic depression”
Click “Subject: Major Heading”
Click inside the box to the left of “Bipolar      Disorder” then click “Update”
Controlled VocabularyAgreed upon term for a subject or conceptManic Depression USE Bipolar DisorderMarital Adjustment USE ...
Use of ThesaurusList of PsycInfo Subject HeadingsScope Note (PsycInfo’s definition of the term)Other Terms (Broader, Narro...
To go to the PsycInfo Thesaurus, click             “Thesaurus”
Type “manic depression” and click “Browse”
Click “Bipolar Disorder”
The scope note and other terms are listed
Boolean Searching Combine Search Terms “AND” narrows the search (retrieved item must have  all the terms) “OR” broadens...
divorce and parent child relations and        emotional adjustment
Click on the title for detailed record
This is the detailed record for the article
Scroll down to read the abstract (summary)
Scroll up and click “PDF Full Text”
This is the full text article
Truncation The asterisk* at the end of the root of a word  retrieves the word and all forms of the word Adolescen* retri...
adolescen* and parent* and home*
Retrieving the full text Some articles are available full text Others can be requested at the Circulation Desk Journal ...
Click on the title for detailed record
This is the detailed record for the article
Scroll down and click “Search for Article”
Next to “Print Holdings” click “Journal”
Print holdings of the journal  “Psychological Reports”
Advantages of Using PsycInfo Contains journal articles, books, and dissertations Comprehensive Thesaurus Boolean Search...
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  1. 1. WHAT IS PSYCINFO? AN OVERVIEW OF THE PSYCINFO DATABASE by MARK HABER THE COLLEGE OF NEWGILL LIBRARYROCHELLE January 2012
  2. 2. PSYCINFO FACTS PsycInfo is an abstract database of psychological literature from the 1880’s to the present. PsycInfo contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from: Journal articles Books Chapters of books Dissertations
  3. 3. You can limit your search to full text, peer reviewed journal articles
  4. 4. Free text search “manic depression”
  5. 5. Click “Subject: Major Heading”
  6. 6. Click inside the box to the left of “Bipolar Disorder” then click “Update”
  7. 7. Controlled VocabularyAgreed upon term for a subject or conceptManic Depression USE Bipolar DisorderMarital Adjustment USE Marital RelationsMiscarriage USE Spontaneous AbortionParental Participation USE Parental Involvement
  8. 8. Use of ThesaurusList of PsycInfo Subject HeadingsScope Note (PsycInfo’s definition of the term)Other Terms (Broader, Narrower, Related)
  9. 9. To go to the PsycInfo Thesaurus, click “Thesaurus”
  10. 10. Type “manic depression” and click “Browse”
  11. 11. Click “Bipolar Disorder”
  12. 12. The scope note and other terms are listed
  13. 13. Boolean Searching Combine Search Terms “AND” narrows the search (retrieved item must have all the terms) “OR” broadens the search (retrieved item can have one or more of any of the terms) “NOT” limits the search (retrieved item does not have the term)
  14. 14. divorce and parent child relations and emotional adjustment
  15. 15. Click on the title for detailed record
  16. 16. This is the detailed record for the article
  17. 17. Scroll down to read the abstract (summary)
  18. 18. Scroll up and click “PDF Full Text”
  19. 19. This is the full text article
  20. 20. Truncation The asterisk* at the end of the root of a word retrieves the word and all forms of the word Adolescen* retrieves adolescent, adolescence, etc. Parent* retrieves parent, parental, parenting, etc. Home* retrieves home, homeless, homesickness, etc.
  21. 21. adolescen* and parent* and home*
  22. 22. Retrieving the full text Some articles are available full text Others can be requested at the Circulation Desk Journal articles, books, and dissertations that are not owned by CNR can be ordered via Illiad
  23. 23. Click on the title for detailed record
  24. 24. This is the detailed record for the article
  25. 25. Scroll down and click “Search for Article”
  26. 26. Next to “Print Holdings” click “Journal”
  27. 27. Print holdings of the journal “Psychological Reports”
  28. 28. Advantages of Using PsycInfo Contains journal articles, books, and dissertations Comprehensive Thesaurus Boolean Searching

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