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Psychology 203 Information Management Assignment: Search Strategies in Databases

How to Search for Articles in a Database

 To locate scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in Psychology that deal with your topic, follow these instructions.

1. Select a Psychology Database, such as Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection.

2. Click on Advanced Search.

3. Enter your keyword search terms in each box.  Each term can be combined with the term above it. For example, 

This search will result in articles that have information about both social media AND eating disorders.

4. Scroll down on the search screen to locate the necessary limiters.  

Limit to peer-reviewed. 

Then, limit to academic journals.

Once you have finished these steps, click Search and your list of appropriate results will display.

To locate more articles about your topic, click on the title of the article. a list of related subjects will display. Use those for a new search.



Most articles will have full text html or full text PDF. A PDF article is a scanned image of the article as it appears in print.  To print a PDF you must use the adobe tool bar that will appear toward the bottom of the page.  Find the printer icon and click it. 

Sometimes you will be prompted to select the type of citation you want.  Always choose APA.