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PSY 3371 Child and Adolescent Psychology: Find Articles


Search Strategies

Many times students start with using the keyword search but find they are getting too many citations.

There are a couple of ways in which you can narrow your search.

  • Limit the field to words in the title.
  • Search by a known author on your topic.

Using subject heading when searching PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES.

  • Click on the Search Tools tab.
  • Click on the Thesaurus tab.
  • Type in your first term in the Browse Thesaurus for box and click GO. Make sure that the Select Display is the Alphabetical Index.
  • You will see a list of the terms. Click on the descriptor (subject heading) you are interested in. You will see additional broader, narrower and related terms (not all will necessarily show - it depends upon the descriptor). 
  • Click AND or OR or Explode to include all narrower terms
    • AND indicates that both the descriptors must be in the same record
    • OR indicates that it will search both terms or the individual terms
    • Explode to include all narrower terms - searches the descriptor you chose and the narrower descriptors under the main descriptor.
  • Click on Search.
  • You can add another descriptor by clicking on the Thesaurus tab again (display should be alphabetical). Check to make sure descriptor was searched separately.
  • To combine the descriptors, click on the History/Combine Searches tab. You can click on the box next to the #'s which you want to combine. Choose AND or OR and click on Combine.

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