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Psychology: Research Tips

Research guide to find articles, journals, books and websites in Psychology

PsycINFO Search Tips

Tip for more relevant results

  1. Use keywords to search and identify some relevant articles
  2. Check the Subjects used and search again using appropriate subjects. E.g. For personal attractiveness the subject used is physical attractiveness
  3. Use Advanced Search, type the subject term e.g. physical attractiveness and change the field from Select a Field (Optional) to SU Subjects or MJ Word in Major Subject Heading
  4. Check the Thesaurus in PsycINFO for more subject terms used

Tip to find Tests used for your topic

  1. Use keywords to search, e.g. emotions and work*
  2. Scroll down, under Limit your results, find Tests & Measures and click on it to display the top 6 available tests. Click on Show More  to view the rest and to make multiple selections
  3. Click on Update

Tip to find a specific Scale or Test

  1. Use Advanced Search
  2. Type the name of the scale or test, e.g. Collectivism Scale or Big Five Inventory
  3. Select the field TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down list for Select a field
  4. Click on Search

Tip to find a specific Methodology

  1. Use Advanced Search and type your keywords
  2. Under Limit your results, find Methodology and select the one you want, e.g. empirical study
  3. Click on Search

Tip to find research on a specific Group

  • In both Basic Search and Advanced Search, scroll down under Limit your results to find Population, select the required group, e.g. Human or Male. This is useful when the research can be done on both groups, e.g. mate selection research can be done for animals and humans and you are only interested in humans.
  • If you are interested in research on a specific age group, click on Age and select the appropriate one. E.g. Creativity in Subject and select Young adulthood (18-29) 
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