Featured Database: PsycINFO

PsycINFO is currently one of our most heavily used databases at Willamette. This database is the APA’s renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports. It is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with the majority of the covered material being peer-reviewed. Whatever you find in PsycINFO will likely be high quality and reliable information. It covers the professional and academic literature in more than 1,300 journals in more than 30 languages!

Similar to all other Ebsco databases like Academic Search Premier, you can limit results to only full text and peer-review. If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button.  This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print and electronically, and if we don’t have e-access to it or have it in print an interlibrary loan option will be provided.  It takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan.

Another nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer-reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).

One of the most powerful functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below).  When you click on any of the article titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item.  You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.

If you’re doing psychology related research and haven’t tried PsycINFO yet, give it a shot and let us know what you think.  We’re sure you’ll like it!

Contact John Repplinger (jrepplin@willamette.edu) for comments or questions about this resource.