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PsycINFO Expert Tip: Searching by Keyword, Index Term and More

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a keyword and an index term, and how they can aid your search? What are classification codes, and how does this all relate to MeSH terms? This post will demystify the four types of vocabulary you see in PsycINFO®.

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PsycINFO Expert Tip: Searching by Keyword, Index Term and More

  1. 1. Searching by Keyword, Index Term and More January 2017 Examples on APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest
  2. 2. Searching by Keyword, Index Term and More These slides contain supporting material for a post on the APA Databases & Electronic Resources Blog Searching by Keyword, Index Term and More
  3. 3. • Keywords = brief phrases assigned by author, publisher or APA staff o For researchers new to a topic, using natural language searching • Index Terms = terms chosen from the PsycINFO Thesaurus by APA staff o For focused researchers who want to quickly find all items about a concept • Classification = descriptive terms representing subfields of psychology and related disciplines selected by APA staff o Can be used along with a keyword or index term to distinguish between synonyms or research perspectives • MeSH = Medical Subject Headings from a list used in the PubMed database; about 30% of PsycINFO records also appear in PubMed o For researchers in a medical area or who are already familiar with MeSH Four Types of Vocabulary
  4. 4. APA PsycNET® Search
  5. 5. Select from the dropdown menu to search by Keywords, Index Terms, or MeSH. For best results, you will need to look up exact Index Terms and MeSH to use. The Term Finder thesaurus tool at the top of the page can help you find Index Terms for your search. Tools to find MeSH terms can be found on the NLM site. Advanced Search Options APA PsycNET®
  6. 6. Select a value for PsycINFO Classification in the Only Show Content Where section. Advanced Search Limits APA PsycNET®
  7. 7. Results Page Limits APA PsycNET® Select limits from the search results page, such as Index Term or PsycINFO® Classification.
  8. 8. Within the record, these four types of vocabulary are located next to each other. You may notice some overlapping terms. Major, or more important, Index Terms for the record are noted with a *. Index Terms and PsycINFO Classification are hyperlinked to run a search within PsycINFO for each term. Vocabulary in the PsycINFO Record APA PsycNET® Please note that MeSH terms are not present in every PsycINFO record.
  9. 9. MeSH terms in the PsycINFO record are hyperlinked to run a search for the term on PubMed, in a new pop-up window. Please note that MeSH terms are not present in every PsycINFO record. MeSH Linking from the PsycINFO Record APA PsycNET®
  10. 10. EBSCOhost Search
  11. 11. Select from the dropdown menu to search by DE Subjects [exact], MA MeSH Subject Heading, or KW Keywords. (SU Subjects searches Keywords and Subjects [exact] together.) For best results, you will need to look up exact Subjects and MeSH to use. The Thesaurus tool at the top of the page can help you find Subjects [exact] for your search. Tools to find MeSH terms can be found on the NLM site. Advanced Search Options EBSCOhost
  12. 12. Select a value for Classification Codes in the Limit your results section. Advanced Search Limits EBSCOhost
  13. 13. Results Page Limits EBSCOhost Select limits from the search results page, such as Subject: Major Heading or Classification. (The Subject limit includes Subject: Major Heading as well as Keywords.)
  14. 14. Within the record, these four types of vocabulary are located near each other. You may notice some overlapping terms. Major, or more important, Subjects for the record are noted with a *. Subjects are hyperlinked to run a search within PsycINFO for each term. Vocabulary in the PsycINFO Record EBSCOhost
  15. 15. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms in the PsycINFO record are hyperlinked to run a search for the term on PubMed, in a new tab. Please note that MeSH terms are not present in every PsycINFO record. MeSH Linking from the PsycINFO Record EBSCOhost
  16. 16. Ovid Search
  17. 17. On the Multi-Field Search page, select from the dropdown menu to search by Key Concepts, MeSH, or Subject Headings. Advanced Search Options Ovid
  18. 18. For best results, you will need to look up exact Subject Headings and MeSH to use. The Thesaurus, located under Search Tools, can help you find Subject Headings for your search. Tools to find MeSH terms can be found on the NLM site. Thesaurus Tool Ovid
  19. 19. On the Multi-Field Search screen, click the Edit Limits button to add limits to the search page. Advanced Search Limits Ovid Check off a limit, such as PsycINFO Classification Code, and click Customize Limits.
  20. 20. Back on the search page, you can use this newly added limit as part of your search. Advanced Search Limits Ovid
  21. 21. Results Page Limits Ovid Select limits from the search results page, such as Subject.
  22. 22. Vocabulary in the PsycINFO Record Ovid Within the record, these different types of vocabulary are located near each other. You may notice some overlapping terms. Major, or more important, Subject Headings for the record are noted with a *. Key Concepts, Subject Headings, and PsycINFO Classification Code are hyperlinked to run a search within PsycINFO for each term. MeSH terms will be displayed on Ovid’s pla tform soon! Please note that MeSH terms will not pr esent in every PsycINFO record.
  23. 23. ProQuest Search
  24. 24. Select from the dropdown menu to search by Identifier (keyword), or Major subject. Select a value for Classification in the More search options section. For best results, you will need to look up exact Major subjects using the Thesaurus tool at the top of the page. Advanced Search Options ProQuest
  25. 25. Select limits from the search results page, such as Subject or Classification. (This Subject limit includes thesaurus terms as well as keywords.) Results Page Limits ProQuest
  26. 26. Within the record, these four different types of vocabulary are located near each other. You may notice some overlapping terms. More important Subjects are noted with a (major). Subject and Classification are hyperlinked to run a search within PsycINFO for each term. Please note that MeSH terms are not present in every PsycINFO record. Vocabulary in the PsycINFO Record ProQuest
  27. 27. APA Databases & Electronic Resources Customer Relations 800-374-2722 | psycinfo@apa.org This presentation was made to support a post on the APA Databases & Electronic Resources Blog.

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