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1 PsycINFO for Education Research Jeannie Kamerman Fall

2 Table of Contents Path to the databasePath to the database Slide 3 Peer-reviewed definedPeer-reviewed defined Slide 8 Option 1: Keywords & limitersOption 1: Keywords & limiters Slide 11 Option 2: Keywords with more limitersOption 2: Keywords with more limiters Slide 17 Option 3: Classification codesOption 3: Classification codes Slide 19 More tutorialsMore tutorials Slide 23 Research consultationResearch consultation Slide 24 make an appointment for a research consultation 2

3 To find PsycINFO database go to the library’s homepage and under the Quick Links in the lower right, locate the Find category and click the Online Databases Link. Finding the database: PsycINFO 3

4 To find PsycINFO database select the letter P. A display of the library’s databases beginning with P will be returned to you. Library homepage 4

5 Select PsycINFO. A to Z list of databases 5

6 PsycINFO An abstracting and indexing service which covers scholarly books, journals, and dissertations. More than 2 million records from the early 1800s to the present are included. To limit the number of items returned we will use some of the limiters. We will limit by “date span” and “peer- reviewed journal only”. 6

7 We will request that the search be limited to articles written between 2005 to 2009 and that the articles be from peer-reviewed journals. 7 We will be searching for a specific learning disorder “autism” and look for particular interventions.

8 Peer Reviewed v. Refereed You may or may not be interested in the distinction between the two, and may want to skip the next two frames. However if you continue to read, there is a difference between the two terms. 8 Often people use the terms peer reviewed and refereed journal interchangeably.

9 Peer Reviewed v. Refereed A refereed article is one that is blind reviewed and has two external reviewers. The blind review requirement and the use of external reviewers are consistent with the research criteria of objectivity and of knowledge. 9 Cabell’s definition of refereed cites specific differences between the terms:

10 Peer Reviewed v. Refereed From Ulrich’s FAQs page a bit of confusion. Q: Where does the information about refereed journals come from? A: The Ulrich's editorial team assigns the "refereed" status to a journal that is designated by its publisher as a refereed or peer-reviewed journal. Often, this designation comes to us in electronic data feeds from publishers. In other cases Ulrich's editors phone publishers directly for this information, or research the journal’s information posted on the publisher’s website. 10

11 Note that we are in the Advanced Search tab. First we enter our keywords, and then for more efficient searching we will limit by date and peer-reviewed journals only. Keywords and limiters 11

12 At this point we have 1,364 results. There are a number of paths we may take to further limit our results. One option is to look in the “Narrow Results by” box on the left and chose a term which meets our needs. Let’s us look at the 234 articles with the index term “Early Intervention”. Search results 12

13 More focused results The second article looks good. Let’s click on the title to obtain more information. 13

14 To find full text for this article look to the Links box on the right. You will have more consistent results in finding the article if you click the “Find it” button rather than “Full text from publisher.” Finding full text 14

15 We have many options for locating the full text of the article. Because many distributors place an embargo on a particular journal title (Embargo is a period during which access of electronic full text is not allowed) check each option before deciding you will not be able to find full text availability. As it is ProQuest is the only distributor with full text access. SFX linking to full text 15

16 Full text with options Among the many options on the menu bar you have options to save, , or print the article. You even have a “cite this” option. The user should scrutinize the citation style to be certain it is correct. 16

17 Alternatively we could have put an additional limitation on our initial search. To find articles related to a specific age group, we will choose preschool age (2 to 5 years). Search alternative: more limiters 17

18 By limiting our original search which returned over 1,000 articles to a specific age range (2 to 5 years), we have more focused results and only 284 targeted articles. Limited results 18

19 If you are unsure about where to start, another option for finding articles is offered through the APA classification codes. The codes are 4-digit numbers representing broad subject categories. We will start with code 3272 Learning Disorders. Unsure about topic? One more alternative 19

20 Classification Code searching 20 Rather than entering any terms in the search boxes. We look through the Classification Code list. To find the option, look under the search boxes, in the first “none selected” we pull down the downward arrow, find Classification Code and in the box to the right, we look through until we find a category that meets our needs. We also limit by Peer-Reviewed Journals only and date span.

21 Too much of a good thing 21 The system has given an overwhelming 7,407 results for the term Learning Disorders. We need to decide which direction to take.

22 Now additional choices need to be made to meet the student’s personal interests: Speech Disorders, Language Development or Specific Language Impairment. After a choice is made additional subcategories will be offered. Choices, choices, choices 22

23 Learning opportunities 23 The brief tutorial you have just viewed may leave you with other research questions. For additional guidance return to the Library Home page, under the Quick Links, find Research, click Online Tutorials. The Education Research Modules may answer your questions. If not …

24 Research Consultation 24 If you need additional research assistance, you may schedule a research consultation. Please call or Jeannie Kamerman Building 86, Room 105


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