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Click on the link above for notes on PsycINFO features (on the Ovid platform) and how to use them for successful search

Last updated March 14th 2018

PsycINFO is an abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioural sciences and mental health.

Coverage extends from 1806 to the present.

There are records for peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, and theses.

Subject coverage extends beyond psychology to include selected material from related disciplines such as medicine, law, social work, neuroscience, and business.


These notes include:-

Boolean Logic - essential for any database searching

Wildcard and Truncation Symbols

Using Parentheses - to protect your logic and avoid nasty shocks in your search results

Field Codes - to search for words from authors' names, titles of articles, and more

The Thesaurus (PsycINFO Headings) - an indispensable aid in searching for subjects

Exploding Thesaurus Terms - for more detailed and comprehensive searching

Adding limits to searches - to refine search results by age, language, publication type etc.

Displaying Search Results - you can tailor the display to suit your needs

Results Tools - to Focus Your Search Results - options include changing the order in which the results are displayed, or limiting your search to peer reviewed journals only

Printing, Emailing or Exporting Results to EndNote- it's so easy!

Saving searches and Setting up Alerts - you'll need to create a personal account first