This video covers three search strategies to apply in database searches. (3:04).
Use AND / OR to join search terminology.
Examples: Using OR
Examples: Using AND
Sample Search: AND narrows, OR Broadens
treatment OR therapy
ADHD OR "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder"
It is common to search for a specific phrase with "quotation marks ". Most databases will recognize the using of quotation marks to search for two works together.
Examples: " "
Phrase Searching Narrows
Search for alternate forms of a work by truncating it and adding an asterisk *.
In PsycInfo the default is to look for your search terms Anywhere. If your results are not relevant OR you have too many results, you may wish to look for your most important terms in a specific field such as the Title field or the Abstract field.
Field Searching Narrows
For this class, you will be primarily interested in empirical studies (original research). Use the Methodology limiter in PsycInfo to narrow to these types of studies.
APA describes the methodology field values found in the PsycInfo and PsycArticles databases.
A Methodology limiter (as the names suggests), limits or narrows the results.
Finding Empirical Studies in PsycInfo
1. Connect to the campus network via the VPN if you are off-campus. You will need this connection to access one or more library databases while taking the tutorial.
2. Take the short quiz at the end of the tutorial. Enter your email address AND your professor's email address. Afterwards locate the email confirmation. These emails often go to your SPAM folder, so be sure to check there. It is often easiest to search in your email account for the phrase "Certificate of completion" to find your email confirmation.
3. You are ready! Click on the link below to start the tutorial. Follow the instructions on the left hand of the screen and, as directed, complete activities in the main screen (right).
Finding Empirical Studies in PsycInfo >> https://ucmercedlibrary.libwizard.com/f/empirical-psycinfo
Method A: Look for Subject (thesaurus) terms at the right of a search results page OR at the bottom of a citation.
Method B: Go Directly to the Thesaurus: From the Advanced Search screen in PsycInfo, you can search the Thesaurus (link found above search box). See screenshots below.
Explode option (expands) - retrieves all sources tagged with the subject PLUS sources tagged with narrower subject terms.
Major option (targets) - retrieves sources with the subject heading as the major point of the article.
Sample searches on the ProQuest platform
Specific Order (Proximity) Think of P for PRE!
The first term precedes the second term by two or fewer words.
Any Order (Near)
The terms are within three words apart, in any order.
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