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PSYC 202: Lifespan Development: Using PsycINFO

This is a guide for students taking PSYC 202. It will lead you to databases with helpful journal articles, books, websites, and other resources.

PsycINFO link

Using PsycINFO

Below are some suggestions on searching PsycINFO for your class.  Screen captures will show how to search specific terms and types of resources.

1. Search Term Finder to find the subject terms that PsycINFO uses to identify the topics of the articles.

2.  To Search "Age Groups" use the drop down menu.

3.  Click on the "Peer-Reviewed Journals Only" box to identify peer-reviewed articles.


PsycINFO Thesaurus Example

When you click on the "Term Finder":

1. Type in the approximate term in the search box.

2. Find the specific terms that you wish to use in the list.  Under a specific term, you will find "Broader" terms, "Narrower" terms, and/or "Related" terms that you can choose from.

3. Click on the drop down menu to identify either "and" or "or".  "Or" is used with synomyms to broaden your search. "And" is used to combine individual concepts to narrow your search.

4. Search terms will appear in the "Advanced Search" search box.  Click on <Search> button to finish finding articles on your topic. 


Reading Results from PsycINFO

Unless you limited your search previously, you will find a list that identifies resources available on your topic.

1. You can further narrow your search by using the links in the left-hand column.

2. You can identify the type of resource from the symbols to the left of the citation:

            a. J = Journal

            b. C= Book Chapter

            c. B = Book Review/Comments

            d. D= Dissertation

3. Click on the "Get It" button to find out if UST owns this resource either online or in print.  If not available, use the ILLIAD link to get these from another library. See the box on the right for how to use "Get It".

4. Click on the box in front of the citations that you want to use, and "Export" them to RefWorks.  See the "Citing APA Styel" tab at the top to find more information about RefWorks.


"Refereed" or "Peer-Reviewed Journals Information

"Peer review" is the process through which experts in a field of study examine and assess the quality of articles before they are published.  Peer review insures that the research described in a journal's articles is sound and of high quality.

Sometimes the term "refereed" is used instead of peer reviewed.

You can identify Peer reviewed journals in the following sources:

USE BOTH PUBLICATIONS.  Neither identifies all peer reviewed journals, but together they are almost complete.


Click the GET IT button in any database to get the full text of an article.  If UST Libraries doesn't own it, you'll be given an option to request it from another library

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