|PsycINFO is the most comprehensive
index to scholarly and professional literature in psychology. It
now contains information for 1.5 million journal articles, book chapters,
books, and dissertation, with some from as far back as the late 19th century.
It currently indexes and abstracts about 1,400 journals, comprehensively
covering the journals directly related to psychology and selectively covering
others that sometimes have articles related to psychology.
PsycINFO's coverage of the psychological literature is far greater
than any other index.
PsycINFO permits complex searches.
Each resource has been assigned one or more of about 100 classification
codes, making it easy to search broadly a sub-field of psychology.
Each resource has also been assigned multiple index terms from the Thesaurus
of Psychological Index Terms, allowing narrow searches with a fixed
Abstracts are provide online for all sources except the dissertations.
Subscribers to the American Psychological Association's Full Text Database
have online access to the full text of about 35 leading journals.
The full text is generally available for issues published since 1990.
PsycINFO is available on the American
Psychological Association's Web site only to members who subscribe
to at least one APA journal. The same database, however, is available
at almost all university libraries through many different vendors, either
online or on CD-ROM.
The main disadvantage is that only subscribers can access full text, and
that is limited to 35 leading journals.
The following resources will help you use PsycINFO in a powerful
and efficient manner.
The main web site for PsycINFO is at http://www.psycinfo.com.
Hint: several of the main links from this page are shown only at the
very top and bottom. GWU students can access PsycINFO by
going to the Gelman Library home page, clicking on "Databases", then clicking
on "ALADIN 'Article and Other Databases'", selecting "Alphabetical List"
and finally clicking on "PsycINFO".
Specific guides for interdisciplinary applications of PsycINFO can
be found at http://www.psycinfo.com/srchtips/applicat1b.html.
These are useful for people doing research in education, human resource
development, and other fields that partially overlap with the field of
The American Psychological Association sells a print guide explaining the
use of PsycINFO. It is called "Search PsycINFO: Student Workbook"
and sells for $15.00 [ISBN:1-55798-056-X].
If you encounter trouble when doing PsycINFO searches, review
the resources listed above under Trail Guide. If that doesn't help,
seek the assistance of your reference librarian. If that doesn't solve
problem, contact PsycINFO User Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 1-800-374-2722 between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Last Update: September 8, 2000