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  • 1. A Database EvaluationBy Nina Collins and Emily Bean
  • 2. PsycInfo: Subjects Covered Animal Behavior Social Work Applied Health Science Cognitive Science Kinesiology Speech and Hearing Sciences Nursing Neural Science Education Psychology Linguistics Criminal Justice History and Philosophy of Science Biology Health, Physical Education and Recreation Library and Information Science Religious Studies Psychology--Abstracts--Periodicals. Psychology--Bibliography--Periodicals. Psychology--Indexes--Periodicals.
  • 3. PsycInfo : languages coveredA whole bunch!Unlimited, Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chines e, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Ge orgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Ita lian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Non- English, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Ru ssian, Serbo- Croatian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
  • 4. PsycInfo : Type ofdocuments/materials covered The documents covered include several different formats. This includes journal articles, books, chapters in books, encyclopedias and encyclopedia entries, reviews on media and software and more. The materials covered in the database reference different topics as they pertain to psychology.
  • 5. PsycInfo : Type of documentscovered abstract collection Again a lot of different items! This is a very comprehensive Database! authored book bibliography book chapter classic book column/opinion comment/reply conference proceedings dissertation abstract edited book editorial electronic collection encyclopedia encyclopedia entry erratum/correction handbook/manual journal journal article letter edited book editorial electronic collection encyclopedia encyclopedia entry erratum/correction handbook/manual journal journal article letter obituary peer reviewed journal peer-reviewed status-unknown publication information reference book reprint review-book review-media review-software& other textbook/study guide
  • 6. What kind of patrons find thisuseful? Psychology professionals Nurses and Doctors Child Development Professionals Students/Researchers of Psychology related fields Librarians!! There is also a juvenile section
  • 7. PsycInfo: Time Coverage andUpdates 1887 to present Updated quarterly
  • 8. PsycInfo: Search Capabilities You can search by: keyword, author, title, descriptor, abstract, age, ac cession number, affiliation, classification, conference, corporat e author, contact individual, DOI, dissertation number, electronic ISSN Default Fields: Keyword, Title, Author, descriptor
  • 9. Phrase searching capability:Sample search Put the phrase in quotes Example: in typing “coming out of the closet” I retrieved 85 results that all seem relevant. You can also combine search terms “coming out of the closet” AND gay for example. It doesn’t really work as well trying to combine phrases, for example, “coming out of the closet” AND “in the Midwest”
  • 10. PsycInfo: Search Capabilities Can you combine search sets? Yes!“Search History” tab. Searches can be combined using Boolean operators. Searches can be refined using any limiters or searchable fields.Sample Search Sample search : teen* and hyperactivit* and high school*• Truncation helps retrieve items on teen and teensCombine search terms with AND
  • 11. PsycInfo: Boolean Operators andTruncation AND, NOT, OR Truncation= * Multi-character wildcard for finding alternative spellings= use * in the middle of a word (such as “behavi*r” will retrieve behavior or behaviour). Single-character wildcard for finding alternative spellings= ? (one ? will represent one character, while 2 ?? will represent 2 characters, etc.)
  • 12. Sample search: For example the difference in U.S. vs. the U.K. spelling of the word behavior or (UK) behaviour If you type in behav***r , this will retrieve articles with both the words behavior and behaviour. Limiting by keyword also helps You can also combine a search such as behav***r AND child*
  • 13. PsycInfo Proximity Operators None=retrieves records containing the three words immediately adjacent to one another and in the same order Within “x”= Find words within a specified radius, e.g., carbon within 3 fiber retrieves records that contain carbon and fiber in any order and within a three word radius of one other. Any number may be used to determine the proximity radius. Near=Find words within 10 words of each other, e.g., (women near violence) retrieves records that contain women and violence in any order and within a 10 word radius of one other. Note: near is the same as within 10. Before=Finds words in a relative order, e.g., social before security. Note: adjacency is not implied. After=Finds words that contain words in the relative order specified with the after expression, e.g., scope after science. Note: adjacency is not implied.
  • 14. Proximity Operators: Sample Search  Within “x” I did a search on women within 3 Africa  retrieves records that contain women and Africa in any order and within a three word radius of one other. Any number may be used to determine the proximity radius.  Near I did a search on women near violence  retrieves records that contain women and violence in any order and within a 10 word radius of one other
  • 15. PsycInfo : Helpful Features: Thesaurus Alerts/RSS you can do but you have to set up an account first It has some nifty limiters. You can limit by population: (human, female, male, animal, inpatient, outpatient) You can limit by subject area
  • 16. PsycInfo : Delivery Options Cannot directly import records to Endnote from CSA. However, you can save your records in a file like txt and open endnote and go to file import to import, chose the file, and then chose PsycInfo CSA filter.
  • 17. Additional Information:  PsycInfo is part of ProQuest and CSA, these companies merged in 2007.  I used www.charlestonco.com to find a review on PsycInfo. Several reviews can be found at http://www.charlestonco.com/index.php?do=Scorebo ard Quick Demo  According to this source:  PsycInfo in Ebsco rates 4.5  on CSA rates 2.75  On EbscoHost rates 2.5 etc.
  • 18. References:  The Charleston Advisor located at http://www.charlestonco.com/index.php?do=Scor eboard  PsycInfo database available from IU Libraries at http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1044& mode=alpha&letter=P
  • 19. Any Questions?