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Database Profiles:PsycINFO

About

Use PsycINFO for:

  • Scholarly (written by academics) and professional (written by practicing psychologists) literature on psychology and related fields

PsycINFO is your go-to database for professional and academic writing on psychology topics, as well as related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas. Popular literature is excluded, so you'll only find professional or scholarly work here. Coverage is worldwide and includes over 1500 scholarly journals in more than 35 languages.

Psychology Librarian

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Steve Ostrem

Search Tips

As of Fall 2017, the link to PsycINFO in the list of databases on the Main Library's website takes you to PsycINFO's advanced search screen. To change it to basic search, click on the "SEARCH" menu right below the PsycNET logo and choose "Basic Search." Or, use the link in the "Search Me" box on this page (in the right column).


Read the abstract of an article from the search results page, to help you decide whether an article will really be useful to you or not. Just choose the "ABSTRACT" button directly below the title of the article you are curious about.


Add specific psychological tests to your search criteria. From the Advanced Search screen, choose "Test Lookup" from the blue "Search Tools" menu on the right-hand side of the screen.

test lookup

From there, you can search for a specific test, or browse alphabetically. Use the "Previous" and "Next" buttons to move through the tests under a particular letter. Once you have selected the test(s) you were looking for, add them to your search with the button on the right of the pop-up window!