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PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association, has many powerful features and searches almost 4 million records. It covers all areas of psychology and the behavioral sciences, and includes many interdisciplinary areas as well. Among the other reasons to search PsycINFO:
authoritative coverage (curated and indexed by the professional APA indexers)
up-to-date (updated weekly)
comprehensive (articles, books, dissertations)
detailed indexing (search by language, population, methodology, author affiliation and more)
including controlled indexing terms
Use the thesaurus to find subject terms to narrow or broaden your search. The Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms contains controlled vocabulary and provides a way of structuring the subject matter in a way that is consistent. By standardizing the words or phrases used to represent concepts, you don't need to try and figure out all the ways different authors could refer to the same concept. Each record contains controlled vocabulary terms from the thesaurus.
Exact phrase search: usequotation marks (" "): "trauma exposure"
Truncation: * replaces any number of characters and finds all versions of word roots: therap* (retrieves therapy, therapies, therapist, etc.)
Wildcard: ? replaces one character: femini?ation (retrieves records containg feminization or feminisation)
Broaden a search withOR: teenager OR adolescent (finds records containing either teenager OR adolesent)
Narrow a search with AND:boys AND anorexia (finds records containing both of these words)
AND is implied in most search unless you use quotation marks: boys AND anorexia is the same as boys anorexia
entering search terms in different search boxes in Advanced Search defaults to AND
How and why to use the thesaurus (video)
Take advantage of limits and filters in PsycINFO to limit your search results. Among the limits and filters available are: