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PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Focus (Yamamoto, Winter 2024): Journal Articles

Searching for journal articles in Quick Find

Quick Find is a search tool that will help you locate research materials in all four campus libraries. You can use this tool to search for peer-reviewed journal articles (although you can search for many other types of materials as well, by changing the Resource Type filters). You can access Quick Find from the Library home page.

To search for journal articles in Quick Find:

  • Log into Quick Find (top right corner of the screen) using your Novell username and password.
  • Enter your search terms (for searching tips, see Archer Library's Quick Find LibGuide).
  • Under Modify my results in the left column, select Peer-reviewed journals (under the Availability heading).
  • Under Resource Type, select Articles.

Screenshot of the "Modify my results" column, including the "Availability" heading, which includes an option to limit results to Peer-reviewed journals, and the "Resource Type" heading, where you can limit results to articles.

  • When you find an item you would like to view, click on the item's title to bring you to the item record.
  • Under the View Online heading, select the database link (or one of the database links; sometimes an article is available in more than one database).
  • Once you are brought to the article's item record, locate the link to the PDF file to view it.

Image of the "View Online" section of an item record in Quick Find, where you can click on a database link (in this case, ABI/INFORM Collection) to access an article.

Please note that if you are working off campus, most of the library's online resources require that you log in with your uregina username and password in order to access them.

PsycInfo

PsycInfo is a database published by the American Psychological Association, and a key resource for locating articles in your psychology classes. It contains more than 3 million records from 1806 to the present, and coverage includes psychological literature, but also related items from the education, medicine, business, sociology, and psychiatry literature.

  • A very helpful overview on searching in PsycInfo is available here.
  • My favourite strategy for searching in PsycInfo is to search for each concept separately, then combine the searches from the Search History using AND or OR.
  • Don't forget about the Limits and Additional Limits that are available in the Advanced Search option (especially to limit your results to include peer-reviewed articles only)
  • Keep in mind that PsycInfo is an index, so some of the records you find will not have full-text articles available. If you are having trouble locating the full text of an item, you can ask a librarian and/or make an interlibrary loan request.

Boolean operators

Many databases allow you to use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to carry out your search.

An explanation of how to use Boolean operators is available from MIT Libraries.

Interlibrary Loans

If you are unable to find a book or article through the library's catalogue or databases, you can make an interlibrary loan (ILL) request to obtain this material from another library.

To place an interlibrary loan request:

  • Go to the ILL Request screen.
  • Log in using your barcode and last name.
  • Under Add request select the type of material you are requesting.
  • Complete the form with as much information as you can.

If you have any questions about this process, just ask the Librarian for help, or you can check out the library's FAQ page on ILL. Please note that ILL can take days, or even weeks to complete (since the material is coming from another library), so it's a good idea to plan ahead and start your research early.