Quick Tips: PsycINFO (Psychological Abstracts)

Quick Tips: PsycINFO (Psychological Abstracts)

Why use it?
  • For scholarly articles, books chapters, reports & dissertations, many with abstracts, some full-text; 1887-present
Logging On
  • From any of the UCR Library pages:
    • Select "Databases by Subject"
    • Select "Psychology & Social Sciences/Sociology"
    • Select "PsycINFO - Psychological Abstracts"
Connecting From Off Campus
  • Enter keywords
    • Multiple words are treated as a phrase, e.g., University of California
  • Select the search field(s) from the drop down menu(s) (see below)
  • Select Boolean connectors (AND, OR, NOT) to link your terms together
  • Click "Search"

    CSA Search Screen

  • Use Truncation & "Wildcard" symbols:
    • Any number of characters: *
      EXAMPLE: computer* (computers or computerization)
    • One character: ?
      EXAMPLE: wom?n (woman or women)
  • Search multiple databases by selecting them using the "Change:" options
  • Use the "Show..." menu to view results list records with:
    • "Short format" = title, author, source and abstract (if available);
    • "Full format" = all fields;
    • "Full -- omit refs" = all fields except bibliographic references;
    • "Custom format" = specify the fields you want to display
  • The Thesaurus adds precision to searching by standardizing words or phrases used to represent concepts, e.g., the term "microcomputers" is used instead of "personal computers."
  • Enter your word in the "Browse Thesaurus for:" box

  • Select the display option:
    • "Alphabetical Index" display a list of terms with no indication of relationships to other words;
    • "Hierarchy" displays the word, its relationship to other terms and explanatory notes;
    • "Rotated Index" displays a list of entries containing your word. You can only search for a single word.
  • Click "Go"
  • Click a hyperlinked term to display the full thesaurus entry
  • To search a term:
    • Select it with the checkbox next to the desired term(s)
  • Click the "Search" button on the left side of the screen

Find Fewer Articles

  • Use more search words
  • Limit entries to specific types of publications, such as articles or English only
  • Set publication date to a smaller range of years
  • Use the additional PsycINFO limit fields at the bottom of the search screen to focus the search on specific populations or age groups
Find More Articles
  • Use fewer search words
  • Put "or" between words
Display Results
  • The "Sort by" option lists results by:
    • Publication date - reverse chronological order
    • Relevance - records containing the term in the descriptors field appear first
  • Click the title or the "View Record" link to obtain more information on the article
Retrieve Articles
  • Click the "UC-eLinks" icon UC-eLinks
  • In the 2nd window that opens, select to:
    • Retrieve the full text (if available);
    • Check Scotty to see if UCR owns the item;
    • Request the article through interlibrary loan.
  • See Getting Started with UC-eLinks for more information (opens in a new window)
Email, Print, or Download Citations

First steps:

  • Return to the screen listing matching records
  • Click the box to the left of each citation you want to print, email, or download
  • Click the "Update Marked List" link located above the matching records list
To retrieve the citations:
  • Click the "Save/Print/Email" link above the matching records list
  • Select the "Marked" records
  • Select which fields to include
  • Email
    • Enter your email address in the field
    • Click the "Email" icon
  • Download
    • Select your computer's operating system
    • Click the "Save" icon
    • Use the browsers "Save" feature after the formatted pages loads
  • Print
    • Click the "Print preview" icon
    • Use the browser's "Print" feature after the formatted pages loads
  • Use "QuikBib" to generate a formatted bibliography from your marked records.
  • To search using descriptors:
    • Display a useful entry
    • Scroll down to the descriptors field
    • Select appropriate entries
    • Select "Use AND to narrow"
    • Click "Go"

  • To see if a periodical is indexed:
  • Click the "Search History" link at the top to view/combine previous searches
    • By creating an "Alert" in the Search History section, the system will notify you, via email, of new content from your specified search.
Further Help
  • Click the "Help & Support" link in the upper right corner for additional assistance
  • Ask a reference librarian
Last modified: 3/13/2008 3:26 PM by Z. Wang

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012
UCR Career Opportunities
Library Job Opportunities

UCR Library Information

Directions / Mailing Addresses
Tomás Rivera Library: (951) 827-3220
Orbach Science Library: (951) 827-3701
Music Library: (951) 827- 3137
Multimedia Library: (951) 827-5606
UCR Library Visitor Guide

Related Links


UCR Libraries Facebook UCR Libraries Twitter UCR Libraries YouTube UCR Libraries News UCR Libraries Mobile Website