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 />Searches in PsycInfo can be limited to:<br />Peer reviewed journals<br />English language materials<br />Full text materials<br />
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  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 />
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  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 />
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  14. 14. 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 />
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  16. 16. 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 />
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  24. 24. Advantages of Using PsycInfo<br />Contains journal articles, books, and dissertations<br />Comprehensive Thesaurus<br />Boolean Searching<br />

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