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Searching PsycInfo

Note about remote access to restricted databases, designated by "R".

PsycINFO (R) provides citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. Ninety-seven percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage spans 1887 to present.

  1. Log on to the library homepage (www.howard.edu/library).
    • Click on Databases.
    • Click on All Databases, A-Z.
    • Scroll down the list and click on EBSCOhost.
    Notice that the box in front of the Academic Search Premier database has been selected.  Click on this box to deselect Academic Search Premier.
    • Scroll down and click on PsycINFO.
    • Note: PsycINFO covers psychological publications from all sources, not just the American Psychological Association.  However, it does not provide full text.  It provides bibliographic records.  Look at the PsycARTICLES Searching Guide and search PsycINFO separately from PsycARTICLES because PsycARTICLES nullifies subject searching in PsycINFO.
  2. The Basic Search.
    In the basic search mode, PsycINFO looks for your search terns in the keyword, title, author, source, subject, and abstracts fields.
    • Type your terms in the blank window.
    • Use AND or OR to combine concepts:  Example:  college students and (stress or anxiety) and testing.
    • Click on the Search button.

    If you see the full text icon below the record, it means that the full text of the article is available online. Click on the full text icon.

    • PDF full text articles look exactly as they do in magazines or journals—illustrations, charts, photos, color, etc. are all included. In the HTML full text format, articles appear in regular type.

    If you do not see the full text icon, check for the magazine or journal title in Sterling, the online catalog, to see if the library had a paper or microfilmed copy of the article.

  3. Notice that you can add records to your folder, then go back to read them or e-mail them. To add records to the folder -
    • Click on the Add icon to the right of each citation.
    • When you have checked all the article citations you want, scroll to the top of your search screen and click on the Folder has items icon on the right.
    • You can now read the records in the folder or click on the e-mail button  to email the records to yourself or someone else. 
    • To send an e-mail, click on the e-mail button and follow instructions.

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