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PSYC 222: Research Methods in Psychology II

Librarian: Michelle Hendley

Psychology Databases

Database Guides

Getting Help in PsycINFO

Click on the   icon next to first Find field (next to the   icon).  This will take you to another screen. Scroll to the bottom of the screen.  In the lower left hand side of this screen, under the heading Database Help, there is a link entitled, PsycINFO.  Click on this link. Detailed information on the database is available here.  

Thesaurus Authority File

“The Thesaurus Authority File contains the subject headings from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. This controlled vocabulary, also known as index terms or descriptors, is used by APA indexers to describe the content of a document. Subjects are indexed for every record using major and minor descriptors which describe the primary and secondary focus of the document. Subject headings which describe the major focus of a document are preceded by an asterisk (*) in the PsycINFO record.” 


The subject heading Human Females is used to describe documents that focus on women. The subject heading Gifted is used to describe documents that focus on exceptional children.

Source:  PsycINFO Database Information Screen

Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article

Locating the full text of the article in electronic form:

If there is no PDF or HTML full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on Full Text Finder. If the full text of the article is available in another database, there will usually be a link to that database where the article can be found by linking to the appropriate volume and issue number, or by searching for the article by its specific title. In some databases, the article will appear without additional searching.

If the article is not available, return to the home page of the library and click on Journals. Enter the journal title in the search box, and click on the search icon. Click on Full Text Access to see if an online or print copy of the article is available. Print Journals in Milne Library links to the Classic Catalog and provides information on items that are available in Milne Library. On the record for the journal title, click Is it here? The record will list the years and volumes of the journal held in Milne Library. The record will also indicate whether the issue is in print or microfilm.

Print periodicals are located on compact shelving, and microfilm is available in metal cabinets in the Microfilm Room, both of which are in the Periodicals Room, (SB floor), two floors beneath the main floor of the library.

Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:

If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library, you can request the article through the link Request item on Interlibrary Loan on the record for the article needed or through the link on the bottom of the homepage of the library website. See a librarian for help. 

Finding an Article in a Particular Periodical Title

  • Use the Journals tab on the top of the library home page.
  • Enter the title of the journal or magazine, for example, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, in the search box and click on Exact Match.
  • Look for the journal title in the results list.
  • Click on an appropriate database.
  • Link to the correct issue of the periodical (note the year, issue and volume number of the article).
  • If an electronic text is available, click on the link provided.  If the library subscribes to the periodical in print or microform, click on the specific library holdings and locate the title in the library.  

Citing Sources

Guides and tutorials on American Psychological Association (APA) style. The call number for print APA style guide is REF BF 76.7 P83 2010.  It is located in the Reference collection on the first floor of the library.

  Revised September 28, 2016