PsycINFO contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages. Note: this content applies to the EBSCOhost version of this database.
PsycINFO maintains a YouTube channel to share tips and tricks for searching in APA databases.
The tips listed here apply to other APA-maintained databases.
PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 140,000 articles from over 60 journals published by the APA, its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present; nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1. PsycARTICLES is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.
PsycEXTRA, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a bibliographic and full-text companion to the scholarly PsycINFO database. The document types included in PsycEXTRA consist of technical, annual and government reports, conference papers, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures and more.
PsycTESTS®, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), serves as a repository for a growing selection of psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching. International in scope, PsycTESTS® also provides access to an increasing number of tests that are available in languages other than English. PsycTESTS® is an authoritative source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. While focused on contemporary instances of test use, coverage spans more than a century.
APA Academic Writer is a resource maintained by the American Psychological Association. It provides guidance for writing and citing in APA style. Several full-text reference books are included, as well as document templates.
Keywords can be generated by:
You can use fields to specify where the database looks for the search term. In PsycINFO, first type the field and then the search term.
On the left side of the screen, you will see an option to "Refine Results" with options for Source Types, Publication, Subject Headings, Language, Age, Gender, etc. To access the complete list of options for limits, click on the “Advanced Search” link beneath the search boxes at the top of the page.
In PsycINFO you can use a
* at the root of a word to find multiple endings. For example:
PsycINFO allows for proximity searching through the use of two operators (N or W), along with a number to indicate the proximity of the words (up to 255 words).
Boolean operators MUST be used as upper case (AND, OR, NOT).
Go to the “Advanced Search” page to combine searches (in PsycINFO this is typically the default homepage).
A comprehensive and systematic search of PsycINFO includes both controlled vocabulary and keyword terms (i.e. free text, natural language, and synonyms). Boolean operators are used to combine search terms. In PsycINFO, you can use the operators AND, OR, and NOT.