LRC Psychology Resources
- PsycINFO (on OVID)
- HAPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments)
- Current Contents Connect
PsycINFO(R) contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports, all in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Journal coverage, spanning 1887-present, includes international material selected from more than 1,500 periodicals written in over 35 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material published from 1987-present. Over 60,000 references are added annually through weekly updates.
Automatic mapping to Subject Headings
- By default, PsycInfo will attempt to map your search term to a controlled Subject Heading.
When your results appear:
- Select: Check the box next to the search term.
- Auto Explode: Check this box to Explode the search term to include narrower terms. Any term you select will automatically be exploded to include all narrower terms. To select a term without exploding, clear the Explode checkbox for that term.
- Focus: Check this box to restrict your search to citations where the selected search term is the main focus of the article.
- Scope: Clicking on this icon displays a definition for the selected term.
- Thesaurus Display
Click on the term to display the Thesaurus. The Thesaurus Display is useful for choosing or combining broader, narrower, or related terms.
Place a check to select broader or narrower terms in your search, then click CONTINUE.
- Display Results
By default, results are displayed in a brief citation format. Click on the appropriate link to view the Abstract, Complete Reference (including a display of the Subject Headings, Classification Code, Methodology, Tests and Cited References), or link to the Ovid Full Text article.
You can also click on “Find Similar” articles or “Find Citing Articles” to re-run the a search based on the relevance to a specific citation.
Applying Limits to your Search
Choose from the available limits found on the Main Search Screen.
Click the More Limits link to view the entire list of available limits.
More Limits display:
Note: the drop down menu for Clinical Queries. These limits restrict retrieval to clinically sound studies. There are nine categories provided, and the emphasis may be Sensitive (most relevant articles but probably some less relevant ones), Specific (mostly relevant articles but probably omitting a few), or Min Difference (the combination of terms that optimizes the trade-off between sensitivity and specificity). A detailed explanation of the strategies behind these limits can be found at http://hiru.mcmaster.ca/hedges.
- Classification Code
The Classification Code (CC) is a numeric/alphanumeric codes representing broad subject categories within PsycINFO, such as "Learning and Motivation" or "Linguistics, Language and Speech." Searching the CC codes is a convenient way to limit an existing subject search to a particular setting (e.g., treatment, education, etc.) or area. The numerical/alphanumeric CC codes are stored in the index. To view and select from the hierarchical list of classifications codes and their scope notes, click on Search Tools at top of the main search box, then choose the option "Tools/Classification Codes."
- Search Individual Fields
Click More Fields to search for a term in a specific field (e.g. Original Title, Journal Name, Abstract, etc.)
Health and Psychosocial Instruments provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. HAPI assists researchers, practitioners, educators, administrators, and evaluators, including students, to identify measures needed for research studies, grant proposals, client/patient assessment, class papers/projects, theses/dissertations, and program evaluation. By creating an organized resource of previously unavailable measurement information, HAPI: (a) provides a means of locating a variety of instruments, (b) helps to reduce inefficiency and cost, and (c) eliminates duplication and "reinvention of the wheel."
Use textword or phrase searching only, using search Default Fields, (i.e. Keyword), or choosing a Specific Field, (i.e. Author or Title).
Searching the Database Fields: To access a list of fields in which to search, Click More Fields.
Then, Click an "i" box to see a description and search information for the field.
Then, choose from among the fields to search.
Choose Social & Behavioral Sciences and/or clinical medicine categories. Enter search terms. Text word searching only. Use truncation when necessary.
Use MeSH and subheadings: (e.g. "Depression, Postpartum/psychology"[MeSH] )
Or, combine with appropriate psychology terms (e.g. "Depression, Postpartum/prevention and control"[MeSH] OR "Depression, Postpartum/psychology"[MeSH]) AND "Psychological Theory"[MeSH]
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences). The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) conducts research, education, consultation and training on preparing for and responding to the psychological effects and health consequences of traumatic events. These events include natural (hurricanes, floods and tsunami) and human made disasters (motor vehicle and plane crashes, war, terrorism and bioterrorism). The Center’s work spans studies of genetic vulnerability to stress, individual and community responses to terrorism, and policy recommendations to help our nation and its military and civilian populations. A number of topical Fact Sheets are available for download.
For further information, contact the Reference Librarian. Last Updated:3/5/07