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Psych 250, Fall 2022

Relevant Databases

Medline (EBSCO): Comprehensive database for research in medicine and related fields; overlaps considerably with Pubmed. See below for search tips. Can be combined with Psycinfo

One Search: This is the default search from the library's homepage. Narrow your search by clicking on the Topic/Subject tab and clicking on the relevant terms.

Psycinfo (EBSCO)—indexes peer reviewed and other scholarly literature in psychology. Can be combined with Medline

Finding research articles in Psycinfo: Under Methodology (left panel) choose EMPIRICAL STUDY

Pubmed: The premier database for research in medicine and related fields. For information about navigating Pubmed see

Web of Science. A so-called citation index indicating how many times a given article has been cited (or referred to)  by other articles; good place to go to determine what the leading articles are on a given topic.

Search tips:
 narrows: stimulus and response retrieves only those records in which both terms occur.
 broadens: language or speech  retrieves articles containing either term.
not removes the term in question; use sparingly
* truncates:
 colo* retrieves color, colour, etc.

Finding Effective Keywords in Psycinfo

1. Do a search with relevant keywords.

2. Click on Subject: Major Heading or Subject. This will reveal additional relevant keywords. These keywords are part of the official vocabulary of Psycinfo.

Finding Relevant Articles: Cited References in Psycinfo

Cited references: Most article records will include a Cited references link. Clicking on this will take you to citations of all the articles cited by the article in question. This can be a good way to find other relevant articles published before the article in question. Some articles will also include the link Times cited in this database. This links to the articles in this database that cite the article in question. They will be published after your article.