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PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO: Searching

Searching PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO

To search PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO simultaneously go to the Library's homepage and select the FDU Online Library link. From there select the Psychology, Counseling & Behavioral Sciences link under databases by subject. Select the link for PsycARTICLES. Above the search box select the Choose Databases link. 

A new window will pop up with a list of all the EBSCO databases the library subscribes to. Click the checkbox for PsycINFO to include it in your search. Once you have selected the database click OK.

Now when you perform your search you will be searching both PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO at the same time. 
 

Searching

Suppose your professor has given you an assignment to find an article discussing the effects of violence in the media on children. Your first step is to determine your KEY TERMS. In this case they you could start with VIOLENCE, MEDIA, and CHILDREN

If you perform a search for VIOLENCE you would retrieve over 71,000 results as seen below. This is more than you could reasonably evaluate and chances are most of the results will not be on your topic. 

Use AND to narrow your results. This time search VIOLENCE AND MEDIA AND CHILDREN. Notice your results have dropped to about 900 and they will be more focused on your topic. You could further narrow your results by adding more KEY TERMS such as TELEVISION or VIDEO GAMES if you wanted to be more specific.

 

Now let’s refine our results even further. In the left side menu find the LIMIT TO options. From here you can limit your results to FULL TEXT results, SCHOLARLY/PEER REVIEWED results, or view results published in a particular time period.

**Limiting your results to FULL TEXT will eliminate results from PsycINFO.**

 

You can  limit your results to a certain time period. In this case we will limit our results to the last five years. Click on the slide bar and drag it left or right to change the year.

 

 

 

You are now down to 82 results which are focused on your topic published between 2011 and 2016.

Using these LIMIT options you were able to reduce the number of results from 929 to 82.