PsycINFO is our major database for research in psychology and counseling. This guide will introduce you to PsycINFO and offer tips and strategies for searching the database more effectively.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
PsycINFO is produced by the American Psychological Association and is an abstracting and indexing database of peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health. While PsycINFO is traditionally known as a psychology database, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences (of which, psychology is one), sociologists, educators and medical professionals will also find value in it.
PsycINFO is the electronic version of a standard psychological indexing publication Psychological Abstracts among other psychology indexes.
Coverage dates: 1597 - present, with comprehensive coverage from the 1880s.
Dissertations and Secondary Publications
If you look at the Library's A-Z list of databases, you will see entries for PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and PsycCRITIQUES. Some students are confused as to difference between them when they all start with "psyc".
In general, if you are looking for psychology and social science based research, you will want to look in PsycINFO, it is far more comprehensive than the other two.