references to (and some full text of) all kinds of sources in psychology & related fields (1887-pres.), including
journal articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and book chapters.
To use PsycINFO:
Combine keywords using AND or OR.
- Go to the Library homepage (www.loyola.edu/library).
- Select Databases by Title in the center column, then
choose "P" and choose PsycINFO: or choose Databases by Subject,
choose Psychology and PsycInfo will be the first database
- Determine appropriate search terms or keywords for your
topic and enter these in the search boxes.
- AND: use AND to find articles containing
both your search terms.
- Example: To find articles on the long-term effects
of taking medication for attention deficit disorder,
search for attention deficit AND medication AND long-term
effects. To do this, enter attention deficit in the first search
box, medication in the second box, and long-term effects
in the third box.
- OR: use OR to find articles with either
term. Enter both terms in the same search box, connect with
"or", and enclose with parentheses. OR is often used for
- Example: to find articles on either attention deficit
or ADHD, enter (attention deficit or ADHD) in one of
the search boxes
- Truncation: use * to find words with
the same root.
- Example: effect* will retrieve effect, effects and effective.
Teen* would retrieve teen, teenager and teenagers, etc.
- Subject searching: when you find a good
article, look at the full record to find the subjects assigned
to it. Use these subject terms in your search.
- Example: the subject Drug Therapy
is used for 'medication'.
- To view your retrieved citations, click on the linked
title. If there is a link to "Linked Full Text," click on
it to view the full-text article.
- If there is no direct link to full-text, use
to determine if the article is available online or in print
at the library.
- If the article you need is not available at the Library,
you can request it using Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link on
the page brought up by the 'search for full text' button or on the library home page.
Other Useful Resources:
- Click on the folder icon labeled "Add" next to each citation
to collect references into your folder. Click on the folder
to see your collected citations and/or full-text articles,
then select "Print," "E-mail," or "Save to Disk."