Research databases contain abstracts, journal articles and conference papers on specific subjects. They should be used for searching around a topic and for when you need to conduct a more focussed search than Find it at Lincoln provides. The databases listed below are useful for Psychology.
Look at the APA helpguide for tips on searching PsycINFO.
1. Identify main concepts and keywords. Search the main concepts first, then limit further as necessary.
2. Find Synonyms (using OR broadens the search to include alternative keywords or subject thesaurus terms):
3. AND (joins concepts and narrows the search) :
4. Be aware of differences in American and English spelling and terminology. Most databases use American spelling and terminology as preferred subject terms.
5. Use Truncation (putting * at the end of a word stem will search all forms of the word). * within a word can be used to search both American and English spelling:
6. "...." (inverted commas) use for a phrase
7. Wildcard ? will search for any single letter in the space. e.g. wom?n will search women, woman, organi?ation will search organisation, organization.
8. Wildcard * can also be used where alternate spelling may contain an extra character. e.g. p*ediatric, will search paediatric or pediatric, behavio*r, will search behaviour or behavior.
Create a My EBSCOhost account when searching databases like PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES.
MyEBSCOhost will allow you to:
For further information see the video tutorial.
A good way of keeping up-to-date with current research is to subscribe to alerts from your favourite journals.
JournalTOCs is a free service which allows you to set up alerts to any new articles published by Psychology journals.