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Looking for PsycInfo?

PsycInfo . Remember that you can also find the link to the PsycInfo database under "frequently used resources" at the bottom of the library home page. Please note that there is *not* a direct link to PsycInfo from within the "myASU" portal, so it's much easier and faster to get there from the library home page or the link that is provided for you here.

Strategies for Successful Searching

  • AND Connector: Link concepts with the word AND. For example, a good way to find articles about the relationshop between video games and the characteristics of the people who play them would be to search video games AND personality.
  • OR Connector: If there are different ways to say the same thing, consider using the linking word OR. For example, video games or computer games.
  • Alternative Word Endings: Adding an asterisk at the end of a word will get alternative word endings. A search on child* will find the word child, but will also find childhood and children. Very handy!
  • Limit to Peer-Reviewed Articles: Remember to click the box that says "peer-reviewed" (located directly under the search boxes). This will make sure you get the kind of research that you probably need for your assignment.
  • Exact Phrases: To find an exact phrase, put it in quotation marks. For example, "video game violence" will retrieve only that exact phrase. It's not necessary to do this all the time, but keep it in mind if you are finding too many results that are not relevant.
  • More Search Options: Use other ways to limit as appropriate. Sometimes it helps to limit to a certain age group or population. After you have done a search, look at the left side of the results page; you will see several options there for ways to limit the results, e.g. methodology, age group, publication date, and more.
  • Ask for Help: If you are not finding what you are looking for, please ask for assistance. We are here to help you!

Having Trouble Finding Your Article?

The yellow "Get it @ ASU" links or other full-text links within our databases should take you to the article if we have it. But if it doesn't, it's a good idea to check further. There's a good chance that we might still have the article you need. There are several ways that you can do this:

Search the title of the article in Library One Search. If you put the title of the article in quotation marks into the search box it will be a little more specific, but that's not always necessary. Usually just a simple cut and paste will work.

Search the title of the article in Google Scholar. Sometimes there's a direct PDF link in Google Scholar but if not, use the "get it @ ASU" links to take you to the article if the library has access to it.

If that method doesn't work you can also use our Journal Title Lookup feature to lead you to the full text online if we have it or to see if we have it in print.

These are also the methods you can use to find an article if you have gotten a reference from another source, such as a bibliography, and already know the citation information (journal name, volume number, date, etc.).

Citing Your Sources

PsycInfo has a "cite" button that will allow you to generate a citation for your bibliography. This is great! Just treat this as a "first draft" of the citation, because it does have mistakes. So be sure to check it very carefully!  Here are some sources that will help you learn more about APA Style.

Interactive PsycInfo Tutorial

Consider Using the Thesaurus

It is sometimes helpful to limit your search to the vocabulary terms that PsycInfo assigns to each article. This can help focus and narrow your search and can be extremely useful in many cases. Here is a quick example of how to search with PsycInfo thesaurus terms.

PsycInfo Quick Reference Guide (pdf)

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