A Database EvaluationBy Nina Collins and Emily Bean
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.
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.
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
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
PsycInfo: Time Coverage andUpdates 1887 to present Updated quarterly
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
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”
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
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.)
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*
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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