This tutorial is designed to help you find psychology articles via the database PsycNET. Advance through the tutorial using the arrows at the bottom of the box. Perform tasks using the webpage on the right.
PsycNET searches American Psychological Association resources such as PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES, on a single platform. It contains numerous full-text peer-reviewed articles in psychology and related disciplines.
To access PsycNET on the HPU databases page, browse databases alphabetically, by clicking on the letter P and scroll down until you find the PycNET link.
Or go to the "All Subjects" drop down option, located on the top left side and select Social Sciences to find the PsycNET link
If are off-campus, you will be prompted to authenticate as an HPU student by logging into Blackboard. You will then be re-directed to PsycNET.
Note: This tutorial might open PsycNET in a different tab. Keep both tabs open - one with this tutorial for instructions and the other tab to explore PsycNET.
Now you try it!
Click the PsycNET database link to access it.
In the Advanced Search section, type the keywords that best represent your topic and click Search. It is recommended to start with two or three different keywords first, to see if there is enough content on that topic.
Create more Advanced Searches by adding related terms, synonyms, and variables. Try to group similar keywords in the same search row and those terms representing different variables in other rows. You can add more rows if needed.
When searching, keep in mind some of the most common search commands across databases.
In most databases like PsycNET, you can select where you want to search for your terms. Use the drop down boxes next to each search box, to select among the various fields offered. Some of the most used fields are: article Title, First Page, Author, and Abstract.
PsycNET also uses Index Terms as a search field. Index terms are assigned to an article/book by a person, rather than a computer. They are also assigned based on the topic of article/book and use psychology terminology.
Think of Index Terms as Hashtags.
The only caveat of index terms is that you must know what term is being used as an index term - otherwise the search will give you no results. It is like using a hashtag that no one else uses; you must use the terms that have been pre-assigned.
A way to find out what terms are assigned as index terms is by doing a pre-search on the APA THESAURUS feature at the top of the PsycNET tabs.
Use the APA THESAURUS and see what Index Term is used instead of Eating Habits. Then search that Index Term in PsycNET.
Result lists will display: type of source, title and other bibliographic information, and links to content within the source such as abstract and list of references. It will also display links to DOI and Find It, which can lead you to the actual article.
Note: First Posting items are articles posted online by publisher prior to being published in print.
Search additional terms within result lists. Narrow your results by Index Terms, Publication Type such as Peer-Reviewed Journals, Year and other options.
From your search, narrow the results to Peer Reviewed Journals published after 2012.
When you see promising articles, you should click on the Abstract link to see what the article is about. If you still think the article is good - look for the Find It link.
The Find It link will check all HPU holdings to see if we have access to the article via another database.
Look at your first result and check out the Abstract and Find It links.
If the article is available in another database you will see View Full Text options. Click on the link to be redirected to the database that hosts the actual article.
Did the article display a Full Text link?
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