Highly respected and comprehensive resource published by APA 90% of content is peer-reviewed Contains citations from thousands of professional journals, chapters, books, reports, theses and dissertations, published internationally. Updated weekly with about 60,000 entries added yearly Content dates from the 1800s to the present
Subject coverage• Applied psychology• Communication systems• Developmental psychology• Educational psychology• Experimental human and animal psychology• Personality• Psychological and physical disorders• Physiological psychology and neuroscience• Professional personnel and issues• Psychometrics and statistics• Social psychology• Social processes and issues• Sports psychology and leisure• Treatment and prevention
Citation: The brief identifying information for the article. Includes author(s), publicationyear, article title, journal name, volume and issue numbers, page numbers, etc.Abstract: Summary of the articleReferences: The list of citations of sources used by the author(s) of the article. You maybe able to view this even if the complete article is not available in PsycInfo.Link to Full-Text: Provides a link to an external web site or database which containsthe complete article Full-Text: The complete article, in HTML format (looks like a Word document) Full-Text PDF: The complete article in Portable Document Format, in which the article looks the same as in the print journal, with formatting, page numbers, images, tables, etc. Choose this option if available, so you have the page numbers for your bibliography.
Articles submitted for publication in an academic journal are reviewed by aboard of experts in the relevant field (“peers” of the author), to assess itsaccuracy, the quality of the research methods used, and perhaps identifyrevisions that need to be made. Articles judged to be of insufficient quality arerejected. Choosing peer-reviewed articles is one way to ensure you are usingreliable information. Characteristics of a Peer-Reviewed Article • Provides hard data to back up statements and claims • Identifies sources the author(s) quoted or consulted • Includes an abstract (summary) • Provides the credentials of the author(s)
Click this icon (will open a new tab/window)Or, click the icon on the Finding Articles & Databasestab of the Psychology Research GuideIf you have not already logged in throughBlackboard, you may see the TigerTracks log-inpage. Just enter your TigerTracks username andpassword.
1. Using Keyword Searching to Identify Subject Headings: If you have a broad topic in mind, but aren’t sure how to narrow it down, or whataspect of the topic you are most interested in, start with a keyword search andidentify the subject heading. This is the wording that PsycInfo uses to classify yourbroad topic. You will then find related or narrower headings, or you can search forthat heading and combine it with keywords. treatment Traumatic Brain Injury risk factors Head Injury Concussion diagnosis
Identifying the way a database classifies your topic(through a “Subject Heading” can make your topic more manageable. You can start with a keyword search.
Check the boxesfor the subjectsyou want toinclude or excludeand click “Apply”at the bottom.
Combine keywords (or subject headings and keywords) to create a search strategythat includes the specific topics you are interested in. gender social conformity eating disorders
Combine Type in the most important words or short phrases that describe your topic.terms withAND if youonly wantarticles inwhich bothterms appear Searching “all fields” means it will look in all(conformity parts of the article for your terms. If this yieldsAnd (eating too many results, or results that are notdisorder …) relevant, narrow the focus of your search by changing “all fields” to “document title” or “abstract” or “subject”
If your topic covers any type of eating disorder, Eating Disorder and Bulimia and Anorexia would all be acceptable terms, and so in this sense could be considered synonyms. Combine them using “OR” because an article mentioning any of them would be acceptable.Use an asterisk to stand in for one or more letters, so you can retrieve allforms of that word, such as bulimic, bulimia etc.
For University-level work, you will probably need to limit to Peer-Reviewed articlesIf necessary, you can addmultiple criteria such as• Geographical location• Test or measure used• Type/format of info.• Methodology• Age or Gender of subjects• Target Audience• Population to create a very specificsearch. Usually, it’s bestto begin with a broadsearch and narrow it asyou learn the best searchwords or find-tune yourprecise topic.
References areavailable for this article A few do have the complete article available
Article Record Click “LinkSource” to search for the full-text of this article in our other databases Note the other subject headings for this article
You can find otheruseful informationabout this article intherecord, including• tests and measures used,• methodology,• author contact information,• DOI and more.
By creating a free“My Research”account, you cansave searches andarticles to a folderthat will remain afteryou close out of thedatabase. You canalso e-mail, print, save to anexternal drive, tagand cite the article.Be sure to doublecheck the citationagainst your manual.
The “Find a Specific Article” page of the Psychology ResearchGuide has a tutorial on how to find print materials.
If an article from another database or other library materials you need are notavailable at Forsyth Library, we may be able to get it for you from anotherlibrary via Interlibrary Loan (local area students) or Distance Services (virtualstudents). See the Interlibrary Loan or Distance Servicestabs on the Psychology Research Guide to learn how to request materials.