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FAM 357: Adolescent Development: Searching PsycINFO

Fall 2017


Searching 9 titles at once in PsycINFO

To Search all 9 selected journals in PsycINFO in one search without getting any other publications, search the journal's ISSN (International Standard Serials Number) instead of the journal's title.

  • First, select Advanced Search on our main page under the InfoKat Discovery Search Box on our main library web page
  • In the top search field, type in (or cut & paste): 0009-3920 OR 0012-1649 OR 0165-0254 OR 0140-1971 OR 1054-139X OR 0743-5584 OR 0272-4316 OR 1532-7795 OR 0047-2891 To the right of this search field  select ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) from the drop down list.
  • In the second field, type your keyword or keywords or key phrases.  For instance, type in obesity.
  • Between the first two fields, on the right hand side, choose AND.
  • This search will bring up all articles in these 9 journals that have the keyword or keyword phrase in either the article title, the article subject heading, article keywords, etc. 
  • Below the search boxes you'll see "Start Date" and "End Date" where you can limit your search by date, for instance 2013-2018.
  • After you do your search, you can play with the results list and try sorting it in various ways: e.g., by date, by author, by source (publication), or by relevance.

How to Get Full-Text

When searching for journal articles, you will notice the View Now button on many of your search results. Clicking on the View Now button will lead you to links for the full-text of the article or let you know that we do not have electronic full-text for that article.

If the full-text is not available, you can search InfoKat Discovery for a hardcopy of the article or request an interlibrary loan (ILL), if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions about View Now

Having trouble? Ask Us for help.

Search Tip - Truncation


Truncation is usually represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *. EBSCOhost finds all forms of that word.

For example, type comput* to find the words computer or computing.

Note: The Truncation symbol (*) may also be used between words to match any word.

For example, a midsummer * dream will return results that contain the exact phrase, a midsummer night’s dream.

Search Tip - AND, OR, NOT

The important thing about Boolean operators is how they are interpreted by the search software.

AND combines terms-all specified terms must be present for the article/citation to be retrieved. This operator narrows a search.  Example:   dogs AND cats

OR creates sets of similar terms (or synonyms). This operator broadens a search.
Example:  colleges OR universities OR "higher education"

NOT eliminates a term from the search. (Use with caution.) Example:   animals  NOT  horses

More Search Tips

These tips will work with most search engines in their basic search option.
Use the plus (+) and minus (-) signs in front of words to force their inclusion and/or exclusion in searches.
EXAMPLE:   +meat  -potatoes (NO space between the sign and the keyword)
Use double quotation marks (" ") around phrases to ensure they are searched exactly as is, with the words side by side in the same order.
EXAMPLE:   "bye bye miss american pie" (Do NOT put quotation marks around a single word.)
Put your most important keywords first in the stringEXAMPLE:   dog breed family pet choose
Type keywords and phrases in lower case to find both lower and upper case versions. Typing capital letters will usually return only an exact match
EXAMPLE:   president retrieves both president and President