PsycINFO vs. PubMed

Open PsycINFO in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

Welcome to our PsycINFO vs. PubMed tutorial! This tutorial has been designed to familiarize you with the differences between the two. You will learn:

  • Advanced PsycINFO searching
  • Advanced PubMed searching
  • Locating full text in PubMed

Should you use PsycINFO or PubMed? Well, it depends. Sometimes one Database might be better than the other. Whenever using a database like PubMed, use the link on the library website. It allows you to have access to more full text content

Use the arrows below to navigate through this tutorial.

PsycINFO should be in the window on the right. You might have to login to get access. Once you can see the home screen with search boxes at the top, you're ready to go.

Let's try a quick search in PsycINFO. Search for the topic, "narcolepsy treatment"

About how many results do you have?

That's not a bad amount of articles. But this particular topic, though psychological in nature, can be also classified as medical. Maybe we should try PubMed to see if we get more results. 

For this tutorial, click here: PubMed. In other cases, whenever you use PubMed use the link from the library website, under Databases.

Now you should be in PubMed. You might have found articles through PubMed by using Google before. So why would we need you to use the library website?

Why do we login using a library-specific URL? What does it do for us if we can Google stuff from PubMed? 

Let's try a search to get used to using PubMed. Search for our topic, "narcolepsy treatment"

How many results do you get?

Which database gave you more results for this topic?

Just like PsycINFO, we can search types of articles in PubMed to narrow down our search from over 2000 to something more focused.

What if we only wanted some kinds of articles, like a Clinical Trial or Review article?

Click the link on the left for Review and see how many come up.

How many of your original 2000 articles were Review articles?

This works the same for anything in the sidebar. If you want to narrow down, you can click and select more of what you want.

Under the Publication dates, I can pick how old the article results are. What if I want only articles from 2000-present. What would I pick?

Ok, let's take a look at one of the first articles to see if we can download it:

Management of Narcolepsy.
Barateau L, Lopez R, Dauvilliers Y.
Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2016 Oct;18(10):43. doi: 10.1007/s11940-016-0429-y. Review.
PMID: 27549768

Click on the title to get more information.

You should have two options for full text to your right. Full text links: SpringerLink and FindIt

The SpringerLink should take you to full text. This is one of the many free full text articles in PubMed.

What about an article that isn't open access?

Click back and take a look at this article: 

Restless legs syndrome associated with major diseases: A systematic review and new concept.
Trenkwalder C, Allen R, Högl B, Paulus W, Winkelmann J.
Neurology. 2016 Apr 5;86(14):1336-43. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002542. Epub 2016 Mar 4. Review.
PMID: 26944272

When you click the title, there's a new link that says Full Text and our Find It button:

Full Text Neurology button and Find it

Click the Full Text Neurology button.

Does it allow you to get free full text?

Now click back and try the Find it button. You should now see a link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

So why is this helpful?

Go back to our original search screen of ~580 articles.

Click on the Advanced link at the top of the screen. (It's under the search box). Now you can put in more search terms in multiple boxes and add them together.

Try a search for "narcolepsy treatment" and "medication"

How many Review articles on this topic do you have?

What if you already read all these articles (because we all have so much time on our hands), and you want to be notified about new articles that fit your search parameters? This is especially helpful for when you are looking for a multiple of study types on a complicated topic.

To get an automated email on your search term, click Create Alert at the top.

You can create an NCBI account to have your own private work folder and email settings on PubMed, or use this very popular method of signing in.

Now you can save your search history, favorite articles, and make email alerts!

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