How do I search PsycInfo?
PsycInfo has a thesaurus built right into it, so it is important to search only one term at a time. Doing this allows you to take advantage of the database's controlled vocabulary. (Not sure what contolled vocabulary is? Click here)
Sample Topic: Mental illness and substance abuse amongst the homeless
Begin by entering in your broadest keyword (Mental Illness)
The thesaurus will then recommend which term it prefers, as seen here:
This is the database's way of telling you which words it prefers. Click add and then search.
Search your next term (Substance Abuse). The thesaurus is telling you that the database prefers the term "Drug Abuse". Click beside the desired term, click add and then search.
Finally, search your third concept, "homeless". The results show that there are two terms recommended, homeless and Homeless Mentally Ill. Click on the terms to get a definition.
From the results screen, join all three of your terms together by searching with AND.
The remaining results will be about mental disorders and homeless individuals with drug abuse problems. Here is a video to demonstrate the process.