Searching PsycINFO

Open http://www.library.arizona.edu/search/articles/dbDetail.php?shortname=psycinfo_ebsco in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

Introduction

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to find articles using the PsycINFO database.

This database contains full-text articles as well as citations and abstracts to articles in journals, dissertations, and book chapters in all areas of psychology.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.


Using the page to your right, select PsycINFO.

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in PsycINFO.

Identify Keywords

For this activity, you need to locate articles on this topic:

How effective is meditation as a stress management intervention?

You must locate at least two scholarly articles.

To begin, review your research question to identify keywords

What are the 2-5 most important keywords in the research question above?

Search PsycINFO

Type: stress management intervention meditation into the first PsycINFO search box

Select Search

How many results did you find?

Revise Your Search

Often, you need to revise your first search because you will wind up with too many or too few articles.

To revise this particular search you will use the connector AND in between the words and / or phrases of your search.

PsycINFO does not automatically add AND in between your search terms like Google does.

If words are not separated with a connector such as AND the database searches your words exactly in the order they are typed. This can lead to you finding fewer relevant (or even weird) articles.

To see the difference using AND makes, type the following:

stress management intervention and meditation

into the PsycINFO search boxes.

Search Hint

 Select Search

How many results did you find?

Revise Your Search

Now try experimenting with additional search techniques. You can use “or” to search for related terms. Adding “or” will retrieve more search results.

Select the clear button clear

Type the following: stress management intervention and (meditation or breathing) into the PsycINFO search box.

 Select Search

How many results did you find?

Now let’s evaluate and refine your search results.

Evaluate search results to ensure articles are on-topic

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Skim the titles of your search results

Locate this article: Stress management in work settings: A critical review of the health effects (Approximately #23 on the page)

Hover your pointer over the magnifying glass icon search to read the article’s abstract.

What are the first few words of the article's abstract?

Evaluate search results to ensure articles are on-topic

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Take a look at the article's citation.

How many pages are in this article?

Evaluate search results to ensure articles are on-topic

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Will this article be useful for your 5-8 page paper? (meditation as a stress management intervention )

Locate additional Articles

You have decided to narrow your research to look at meditation as a stress management intervention in the workplace, so you need to locate more articles that will help you explore this topic.

Select the clear button at the top of the screen

Type: stress management intervention and meditation and work into the search boxes.

Select Search

How many results did you find?

If you do not get the results that you expect, you should revise your search.

Revise your search to retrieve additional articles

You can use the * (truncation) symbol to tell the database to search for all possible endings for a root word. Doing this will help you to retrieve more articles.

Select the clear button at the top of the screen

Type the following including the asterisk (*):  

stress management and meditation and work* into PsycINFO.

Select Search

How many results did you find?

Identify scholarly articles

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Skim the titles of your search results

Locate this article: Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a method for personnel development: A pilot evaluation. (Approximately #33 on the page)

Hover your pointer over the magnifying glass icon  to read the article’s abstract.

What are the first few words of the article's abstract?

Identify scholarly articles

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How many pages are in this article?

What is the publication type for this journal?

Identify scholarly articles

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Select the PDF full-text link under the citation (Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a method for personnel development: A pilot evaluation.) Scroll to the end of the article and note the references

Based on the information that you have, (that the article is 10 pages long and that it is published in an academic journal), do you believe that this article is popular or scholarly?

Review this before making your selection:

Do you believe this article is popular or scholarly?

 

Retrieve articles that are not full-text in the PsycINFO database

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You can access the full-text of many articles in PsycINFO by clicking either the HTML full-text link or the PDF full-text link.

This activity will show you how to find a useful article that is not available full-text from PsycINFO.

Return to your list of results by clicking on the Results List link in the upper left of the PsycINFO search screen. 

Locate the citation for the article: Research note: Effects of resilience training on the reduction of stress and depression among Dutch workers. (Approximately #40 on the page)

Select the link for the article.

Retrieve articles that are not full-text in the PsycINFO database

2 of 2Locate & select the Get Full Text or Document Delivery link (on the left of the screen)

What happens when you click the link?

Create properly formatted citations

If the pop-up window is not off the screen, close it.

You will be back at the article: (Research note: Effects of resilience training on the reduction of stress and depression among Dutch workers)

 Locate & select the Cite icon    (on the right of the screen)

How many different citation options are you given?

 

NOTE: If you are copying these citations to use in a paper, it's very important to double-check them to make sure they have been formatted correctly. Details such as capitalization, punctuation, italicization, or date order may be incorrect.

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