PsycInfo USER GUIDE
PsycINFO covers scholarly literature in educational
psychology, experimental psychology, and applied psychology. This database
includes original research, journal articles, literature reviews, survey
results, case studies, etc.
- List all ideas
and concepts that describe your search topic.
- Narrow your
topic. Remember your goal is to
get a manageable number of useful records.
- Think of as many
search terms describing your topic as you can.
- Go to the UCF
Libraries homepage at http://library.ucf.edu/
- Click on
<Articles & Databases> and then on <Education> in the
Discipline menu and scroll down to the database name OR click on <P>
on the "Titles" alphabetical menu.
- Click on
the database name
- Or select <PsycINFO>
from the EBSCOhost menu.
- Select one of
the search screens from the tabbed tool bar for conducting the search.
Search> opens the Keyword Search screen. Enter a
keyword, phrase or combined word search in the “Find” box and click on <SEARCH>
text boxes, Boolean search (AND, OR, NOT) capabilities and searchable
fields that allow you to develop a well focused search.
subject keyword searching, search history and limiters to help one focus a
search. Click <Thesaurus>
from the subtoolbar button.
Enter search terms in the “Browse for” field, select limiters and field
codes, then click <Search>.
–allows you to
select another EBSCOhost database to search.
- Type a search term or phrase in the <Find>
- Separate keywords with AND, OR, or NOT.
Expand the search with synonyms by connecting words with the word "or".
Narrow the search by adding more terms and linking them with the word "and".
Combine search techniques: i.e., discipline AND (secondary schools OR high
If "and" and "or" are both used, the words linked by "or" need to be in
- Use the asterisk (*) to retrieve various
endings. i.e., counsel* retrieves counselors OR counseling.
- To keep words in a specific order, use the (w)
within operator. i.e., behavior w problems retrieves the word behavior
always followed by the word problems.
- Click on <Search>.
- Use <Advanced Search> when searching
multiple entry fields, Boolean operators, field codes or multiple search
<Advanced Search> from the Search window toolbar.
- Enter your
search terms in the “Find” box.
additional search terms in the optional text boxes.
- Use the
pull-down menus to select Boolean operators to connect your search terms.
- Add limiters to narrow your search or expanders to broaden it. To select
multiple terms from a list, press the Ctrl key (or Command key) and click
the left mouse button. (If you change expanders while searching, this may
affect your search history.)
In the example below I have limited results to journal articles. If
I wish to retrieve both journal articles and non-journal items
(documents), highlight "None applied." For
additional examples, see the Limit the Current Search below.
SELECTING SEARCH TERMS
(Using the EBSCOhost Toolbar options)
- The most effective way of searching PsycINFO is by using descriptors.
However, using descriptors means that you must use the controlled vocabulary
(terms the indexers use when describing concepts). To identify
descriptors, you must use the Thesaurus tab on the Ebscohost toolbar.
- The thesaurus allows you to
look up the official subject terms using the subject authority file.
- Click on the
thesaurus button on the green toolbar to select search terms from
the subject authority file.
- Enter your
search terms, for example discipline, in the Browse for field.
To search for a person's name, use the following format: last name,
- Click the
Alphabetical radio button to list your search results in alphabetical
order. Click on the Relevancy Ranked radio button to list your
search results according to relevance.
retrieves all references indexed to your term and its related narrower
- Click Browse
to view your term(s) as they appear in the Subject Authority File. A results
list is then displayed showing terms retrieved.
- Select one or
more terms by checking the box to the left of the term desired.
- To see related terms, click on the term itself. You can view the scope
note explaining how indexers use the term, plus any broader or narrower terms
you can then include in your search.
- After selecting
the terms you wish to search, click on <Add> to add the selected
term/s to the search. Your terms will appear in the Find box
- Click on <Search>
to retrieve records that match your search criteria.
- Add additional
terms to your search to help narrow or broaden it.
LIMIT THE CURRENT SEARCH:
- Use boolean
operators when the search contains two or more aspects (terms)
AND ethics (retrieves
records that contain both terms)
OR school counseling (retrieves
records that contain one or both terms)
NOT educational therapy (retrieves
records that contain the first term but not the second term)
for ERIC can be used by clicking in the appropriate
box and highlighting the needed information.
Content Type options enable you to limit your search results to
Empirical Study, Quantitative Study, or Qualitative Study. Followup
Study and Longitudinal Study are additional useful search limit options.
include authored books, chapters, journal, peer reviewed journal, secondary
publication, dissertation abstracts, and reports.
group limits the audience to human, animal, male, female, etc.
- Then click
- Select <Preferences> from
the toolbar to customize the display of the results.
What to display (how many records at once)
Display records with title only, brief records, or detailed records
to set options.
- View retrieved
records by clicking on the citations you wish to view.
- Use the
forward arrow, the back arrow, or the
appropriate page number to navigate through the citations.
- Use the Page
number link to open pages in the results list other than the next or
- Display the full
content of individual articles (including the full-text when available by
- Use the down and
up arrows on the right side of the screen to scroll down or up the page.
and Stone, Carolyn are the authors of the article.
- Examine the
article citation immediately above this section.
- The article title
is: School Counselors and Confidentiality
Professional School Counseling.
Date of the
article is April, 1999
V 2 is the
volume number of this journal; 4 is the issue number.
Article is found
on pages 258-266.
Click on the
folder button to the right of each citation you wish to
print or email.
The folder will change to
have selected items or articles to save for printing or emailing, go back to
the top of the page, and click on the <Folder has items> icon
- Click on the
folder button to save results to the folder once you
have selected items or articles to save for printing.
- The add
folder name will switch to the word Added.
- Click on the
link near the tabbed toolbar at the top of the page to
collect or manage search results during your session. The Result List Items will
display. Remove any items you wish by clicking on Remove All.
Select <Print> from the delivery options on the screen
- Select the <Estimate
number of pages> link to estimate how many pages will be printed,
emailed, or saved.
- To continue,
click <Print> as directed.
- Results will be
formatted for printing and displayed on your screen.
- Click <Ok>
to print items from the browser screen.
- Follow the directions given above for printing until you get to the
- Click on the <Email> icon
email item records to yourself.
- Choose the
format you want to receive: additional citation details, full text
- Type in the
email address to which the citation/s or articles are being sent and a
subject (if desired)
- Click on