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I'm having problems finding relevant references in PsycInfo. Where can I get help?

Answered By: Carol Dunlop
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2015     Views: 12

PsycInfo can cause confusion because of the Subject Headings feature and it can give you very odd results if you put all your terms into the search box at once.

Subject Headings are the indexed terms that are assigned to each record in the database. By selecting the relevant Subject Heading, you will not have to think of all the synonyms and alternative spellings of the topic you are searching for eg if you select the Subject Heading 'cognitive behavior therapy', it will retrieve any article which is about that subject, whether the author has called it 'CBT', 'cognitive behaviour therapy' or 'cognitive behavior therapy'.

To take advantage of the Subject Headings feature, you should search for your keywords one at a time and them combine them at the end. For further guidance on searching PsycInfo, go to http://libguides.qub.ac.uk/psycinfo

If you would like a training session on how to use PsycInfo effectively, contact your Subject Librarian.

 

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