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PSY 302w - Research Methods in Psychology spring 2021

Article and Journal Databases

Searching PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES

‚ÄčStep One:  Identify the topic and consider two to three concepts that directly relate to the topic. 

 

Use the chart below as a guide.

Topic/Question:

Can altruistic behavior help break cycles of addiction?

Concepts/keywords:

Altruism

addiction

 

Consider alternative keywords for the concepts

Altruism

Addiction

empathy

Drug addition

Compassion

Drug rehabilitation

 

 

 

Step Two:  Develop a search strategy using the keywords and/or phrases.  Less is more; start with a few keywords and if necessary build a more comprehensive search.  See search tips below. 

 

Step Three: Recognize that databases have similar features, such as “limiters” or ways to narrow the search results (e.g., date of publication, peer-reviewed journal, and full-text).   Apply limiters if necessary.

 

Step Four: View the results.  If the search strategy did not return any results try changing the keywords. 

 

Search tips for PsycINFO (EBSCOhost)

Use

Purpose

  Quotation marks

Exact phrase searching

  AND

Combine terms

  NOT

Omit or ignore a term

  OR

Expand the search to include either or both terms

  Parenthesis

Structure a Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) search

  *

Truncate a term or complete a phrase

  ?

Wildcard used to replace a single letter

  #

Wildcard used for alternate spellings

  N and a number

Finds terms near x terms

  W and a number

Finds terms within x terms in order

Try not to use punctuation

Databases ignore these unless it is a question mark

Try not to use stop words

Databases ignore these