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PsycINFO Database--What It Is and How to Search It  

This Guide gives tips for searching the PsycINFO database, published by the American Psychological Association.
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What is PsycINFO

The PsycINFO database, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), is primarily an indexed collection of summaries of journal articles in psychology and related disciplines from more than 1,500 journals from more than 50 countries.  Full text links are available for many, but not all, of the journals.  Since 1987, English-language books and chapters from books have been included.  Abstracts of dissertations are also included.

Coverage: 1887--to the present. 

For a list of the materials included in PsycINFO, click on the “Indexes” tab along the top part of the search screen.  Then select “Publication Name” from the drop-down menu. (See screen shot below.)  Click on Browse to be put at the beginning of the alphabet of all publications in PsycINFO.  Or you can type the name of a specific publication in the Browse for box and click on Browse.


 

NOTE: You must be connected to Stetson's Network in order to access any of the Library's subscription databases (all of the American Psychological Association (APA) databases are subscription database). If you are not working from a campus-connected computer, you will have to enter the network through a proxy server. See Instructions for Library Access from Off Campus: http://stetson.edu/library/offcampus.php.

 

Other APA Databases

The following databases, also published by the American Psychological Association (APA), are available from the library's Databases by Title page: http://www2.stetson.edu/library/databases.php .

For full-text articles only, use the PsycARTICLES database. This database includes far fewer journals, 42, but all articles are available full-text. It covers 1988-to the present. All articles in PsycARTICLES are indexed in PsycINFO with links to the full text.

For psychology-related e-books, use the PsycBOOKS database.  PsycBOOKS, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of nearly 14,000 chapters in PDF from more than 800 books published by APA and other distinguished publishers. The database includes most scholarly titles published by APA from copyright years 1953 - 2005. It also includes 100+ out-of-print books, an additional 200+ classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology, and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology. PsycBOOKS is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

PsycALL--This database provides a combined search of the three major psychology databases: PsycArticles, PsycBooks, and PsycInfo.

PsycCRITIQUES, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of full-text book reviews featuring current scholarly and professional books in psychology. It also publishes reviews from a psychological perspective of popular films and trade books. PsycCRITIQUES includes approximately 40,000 reviews dating back to 1956 and is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

PsycEXTRA, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a bibliographic and full-text companion to the scholarly PsycINFO database. The document types included in PsycEXTRA consist of technical, annual and government reports, conference papers, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures and more.

This database complements PsycINFO and the other APA databases with extensive coverage of gray literature relating to psychology and the behavioral sciences; it contains about 200,000 records that are not indexed in any other APA database. Furthermore, content from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection is expected to increase the number of records substantially. PsycEXTRA is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

PsycTESTS, from the American Psychological Association (APA), serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and so on.

The database includes the full text of psychological tests and measures, as available; full bibliographic records and descriptive summaries of tests in each record; descriptive summaries of commercially available tests with links to the publisher; and a special interactive segment with tests from the Archives of the History of American Psychology, for which APA has not yet identified literature.

NOTE: You must be connected to Stetson's Network in order to access any of the Library's subscription databases (all of the APA databases are subscription database). If you are not working from a campus-connected computer, you will have to enter the network through a proxy server. See Instructions for Library Access from Off Campus: http://stetson.edu/library/offcampus.php.

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