• Psychological Inquiry

    Searching Psychology Articles 


    1.  Note down your initial keywords and try a search for these.

    2. Review your keywords  - use the subjects under each article to suggest other words you could use 

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    3. Try  out different combinations of search terms  using the Advanced Search - remember to change the search to SUBJECT TERMS

    subject


    4.  Have a look at the the Thesaurus to suggest alternative terms - Click on the subjects and select PsychInfo


    Thesaurus


    5.  Check the options on the side - peer reviewed, linked full text and sources types 

    filters


    6.  Can you refine your search further?  Age?   Gender?

    Filters



    6.  Save/Print your Search history - you may have to create an account the first time if you want to keep your history. - it's free.   

        history


    Example of how you might want to record your search and search techniques on the proforma


    Search terms entered

    Limitations

    set

    Number

    Of hits

    Pros/Cons

    of this search

    ACTIONS

     

    Smoking “young people” school

     

    None

     

    315

     

    Too many results and not relevant

     

    [do you get too many results ?  Are they relevant - reflect  on why or why not]

     

    I will look at the subjects  and review my keywords

     

    SU (smoking  AND school AND cessation) AND SU (adolescence OR teenagers)

     

     

    None

     

    15

     

    Results look relevant

     

    [if they are not, try again, use the thesaurus and find different search terms to use]

     

    I will now refine to articles and those that I can access and apply limits  (peer review, age, etc)

     

    SU (smoking  AND school AND cessation) AND SU (adolescence OR teenagers)

     

     

    Linked Full text:

    Peer Reviewed

     

    10

     

    Results look good

     

    I will have a look at the abstracts and decide if there are articles  I can use, or redo my search