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Important Things to Remember

✓ Upon running your initial search, the set of results would all be database entries. You can apply filters to look at content from Academic Journals only, content published with a certain date range, and so on.

✓ Some filters you select may be sticky when you conduct your next search(es). Make sure to check filters as you tweak your searches, and adjust/remove them as needed. The easiest way to remove all filters and keywords is to click on New Search in the top left header.

✓ Academic journals is not equivalent to peer-reviewed journal articles. Peer-reviewed journal articles are typically published in academic journals, though not everything that is published within an academic journal would be a peer-reviewed journal article. For example, academic journals may publish book reviews or conference proceedings, neither of which would generally be considered a peer-reviewed journal article. 

✓ The option to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles only, is not where you'd normally expect to see it in the EBSCO interface. You can only see it on the Advanced Search page (scroll through the 'Search Options' section) or on the results page by clicking on "Show More" under the Publication Date range in the "Limit To" section of the left sidebar. Once you click on that, you'll see additional filter options including the one to limit your search to peer-reviewed results only.

✓ Review the Searching Tips page for more information about Boolean Operators, phrase searching, truncation, and more!

About PsycINFO

APA PsycINFO indexes psychological research and its applications. Source types include peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters, dissertations, conference proceedings, and more. Subject coverage includes:

  • Applied psychology
  • Communication systems
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality
  • Lifespan
  • Psychological and physical disorders
Unique Search Filters

Unique search options are included on the Advanced Search page as different ways to find relevant information.

These facets make it easy for researchers to limit their search to a specific age group (e.g. adolescence), methodology (e.g. clinical case study) and document type (e.g. journal article). Those are just a few of the examples of search filters you can apply on the Advanced Search page. 


Searchable Fields

Next to the search bars, click on "Select a Field (optional)" to search through various fields. Read more about some of the most useful ones below:

Field Name Label Search Examples & Explanation
Abstract AB AB(child welfare worker)

The abstract provided by the journal is reproduced with little or no modifications. If no abstract is provided, one is created by the editorial team.  Abstracts are available from 1987.
Author AU AU(Mossberg Walt)     

Finds documents written by a particular author. Use the Look Up list to verify the various formats of the same name. 
Document Title TI TI(BRIC)    

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.
Document Type DType DType(Journal)   

Finds specific document types such as article, journal, book, etc.
Keywords KW


Search for author-supplied keywords.
Note: 'keyword' is also be used to indicate search terms.

Publication Name SO SO(social)     

Searches for journals or publications where the keyword is located in its name/title.
Subjects SU SU(Race)  

Look for articles about a specific subject. To run an exact subject search where only “race” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.