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Child Development: Searching in PsycINFO

Searching EBSCO's PsycINFO (Basic)

Using PsycINFO

The Merced College Library's PsycINFO doesn't open to the Advanced Search. To find the Advanced Search, click on the Advanced Search link beneath the search box.

Advanced Search link in PsycINFO

Use fields to specify where you'd like your keywords to appear.

  • title - find terms in article titles
  • abstract - find terms in article abstracts (summaries)
  • and more!

Title and abstract fields

Use limiters to help you narrow results.

  • linked full text - access full articles
  • publication date - the last 5 - 10 years depending on your instructor's specifications
  • peer review - restrict to studies that have been peer-reviewed
  • methodology - specify the kind of study you are interested in if applicable
  • age - specify the age-range of study participants
  • and more!
Linked Full Text & Date Age Methodology

Sample age limiters

Sample methodology filters

Indexers use a special vocabulary called the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms to tag every record in PsycINFO.  These terms serve as "hashtags" for psychological concepts. Indexers do this to simplify access, so all related articles can be located by using the right standardized term. Identifying the right subject terms can help you focus your search to articles that are the best fit for your research.

When you find a relevant article, make sure to look at the records listed subject terms. You can then look for articles that has been tagged with those subject terms to find other potentially relevant items.

"How (and Why) to Use the APA Thesaurus When Searching PsycINFO via EBSCOhost" by APA Publishing Training (2:54).

Use the Email tool to send articles to yourself. Make sure to download them to ensure you have access to them.

Email tool

Use the Cite tool to retrieve a citation. Select APA. Make sure to double-check and correct all citations generated by databases before turning in a paper.

Cite tool

In order to retrieve results saved in your folder for later viewing, create an EBSCO account. When in PsycINFO, click on Sign In at the top to make an account. Going forward, you will need to be logged in to save more articles and view the articles stored in the folder.

Sign In link