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Welcome to our PsycINFO tutorial! This tutorial has been designed to familiarize you with finding articles in PsycINFO. You will learn:

  • Advanced PsycINFO searching
  • Locating articles in PsycINFO
  • Using the Subject Thesaurus
  • Using methodology limiters

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 search. It's useful to split variables or population keywords into individual boxes.

Search for "students" and "attention" and "medication"

How many results did you get?

What if you want something more specific? You can see the search results are coving all different topics on the same keywords such as:

  • drug abuse
  • ADHD
  • student behavior

Take a look at the sidebar. Under Subject: Major Headings, the main tags/headings for your 500 articles are linked. This way you can narrow down your search for what the articles are genuinely about, not what keywords are picked up.

Click See more (you might have to scroll down).

You can see the most common subjects of your group of articles at the top. If you click the subject header it re-orders the list of tags by alphabet.

How many are tagged as about "Drug abuse"?

Click the link for Drug Abuse.

It should now show a smaller list of articles, but they should all be about the same topic.

What if you want academic or scholarly journals? Are they all academic journals?

Ok now you have only articles. What if you want a specific type of research article? There's a way to do that! See the Methodology area on the left sidebar? You probably have to scroll down.

If you want, you can even see which articles use a specific instrument or scale. This is listed under Tests & Measures.

What empirical study used the adult ADHD self report scale?

To see more articles on this topic, often the articles that have cited it or are cited by this article can be useful. 

Who is the first author listed for "The intersection of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and substance abuse", an article that cited the one you found?

Click the link Original Results to take a look back at your empirical article.


  • Click the link for "Cited References: (43)" 
  • Click the Find It button by the first reference:
    American Academy of Pediatrics. (2001).Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Committee on Quality Improvement. Clinical practice guideline: treatment of the school-aged child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2001;108:1033-1044. journal Citation, Database: PsycINFO References

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