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Writing 101 (Gautreau)

Writing for Psychology

How to Locate Empirical Articles in PsycInfo

This video is intended to support your research for empirical research articles using the PsycInfo database. (28:09)

  • Below this video are questions you will be able to answer by viewing this video. Consider these as you watch.
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  1. PsycInfo offers an empirical article limiter in its ______________ box.
  2. What are two important filters to apply at your search results page?
  3. What link should you use in PsycInfo to return to your search and change it (rather than the browser's back button)?
  4. What connecting word would you use to join similar terms (synonyms) in your search?
  5. What punctuation is used for phrase searching?
  6. If you searched for emotion* what other terms would be searched?
  7. What would be considered a field in PsycInfo?
  8. What are two ways in which you can access Subjects in PsycInfo?
  9. What does the UC-eLinks enable you to do?
  10. To access PsycInfo, first connect to the ______________.
  11. What is one strategy that you already knew about and use?
  12. What is one strategy that was new to you?

Finding Empirical Articles in PsycInfo

This is a rough outline of the content, and associated timestamps, available in the Finding Empirical Articles in PsycInfo video.

Intro (00:00 - 1:16)

  • Access PsycInfo
  • VPN

Empirical Articles / Methodology (1:19 - 2:27)

  • about empirical articles
  • empirical limiters
  • filters: source type & date

Search Strategies (5:45 to 10:16)

  • Research Question to Keywords
  • Phrase Search
  • Split Concepts
  • AND
  • OR
  • Truncation

Revised Searching in PsycInfo (10:17 - 16:01)

  • subject tags
  • full-text access
  • split a concept apart
  • reapply filters

Synonyms / "Deal With" (16:02 - 17:12)

Additional Searches  (17:13 - 24:05)

  • finding more keywords
  • field searching
  • thesaurus / subject

Summary (24:06 - 28:09)

  • search strategies
  • leverage database functionality
  • access to full-text / UC-eLinks
  • resources & research help