These databases are the ones you should use to start your search for research articles.
These databases also include resources covering Psychology topics.
The following examples will lead you through a search in PsycINFO.
Click on PsycINFO in the left column. When you are in the database, click on the "Term Finder" link (Red Circle) and we will search for "Depression":
Type "Depression" in the search box (Red Circle) and click on "Go" (Blue Circle). When you click on the "+" in front of the term, which then turns into a "-", a more detailed box will open which may include "Broader Terms", "Narrower Terms", and "Related Terms" (only broader and related terms are indicated below). Check the boxes in front of the term "Depression" and any other terms that will fit with your topic (Green Circles). They will be added to the box in the top right corner (also a Green Circle). Then click on the "Add to Search" button (Black circle).
The terms will appear in the search window (Red Circle). Click on the "Search" button (Green Circle). Once the search results appear, click on the "Term Finder" link again.
Before you do anything else. Click on the "Clear all" link in the "Selected Terms" box in the top right corner (Red Circle). Then type in "Exercise" in the search box, click on the "+" in front of the term when it appears, and mark any terms that you think appropriate. Below are indicated several terms that could be used (Green circles). Again they appear in the box and you can click on the "Add to Search" button (Black Circle). When they appear in the search window, then click on the "Search" button.
When you get the results from this second search, click on the "Recent Searches" link in the top right corner (Red Circle).
This is where you will combine your searches. Check the boxes in front of each search (Green circle). The system will automatically "AND" the searches together (Red Circle). Then click on the "Go" button (Blue Circle).
You will end up with nearly 1200 results. You can narrow down these results by using the "Narrow Results by" section in the left column. Two popular limits are "Publication Type" and "Age Group" (Black circles). You can narrow down by "Peer Reviewed Journal" articles and by specific Age Groups--in this case we narrowed down by "Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs)". Then you can review the results. The most current articles are listed first. Be sure to read the abstracts to identify what the article covers. And don't forget to use the "Get It" button to find out if we have access to the article, if it is not already full-text in PsycINFO.