Library Research using PsycINFO
PsycINFO is the main database in which to find the research literature of psychology.
Tips for searching the PsycINFO research database including:
- Finding subject terms
- Keyword searching
- Limiting your search
- Combining your searches
- Getting the articles and books you find
View 3.5 minute YouTube video sample search in EBSCOhost PsycINFO.
Where Do I Start?
Develop a Search Strategy:
- Write your topic of interest as a question.
- TThink of as many keywords or concepts (not whole sentences) as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search.
Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources.
Think about what you already know about your topic. What more do you want to know?
Take time to explore what kind of information is available. See what others have published in books or periodical articles.
Be open to new ideas: Modify your topic as you discover more information.
Research is a process.
It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.