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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.


Looking for a Topic to Research?

Try your textbook, your syllabus or one of the news sites linked below.



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