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Psychology Research Guide: Find Articles

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Indexes, Abstracts, Full Text Databases

Read this first. Use indexes, abstracts, and databases to search for peer-reviewed journal articles by topic. Often the full text of the article will be immediately accessible in the database you search. Sometimes, however, the database only provides a citation (article title, journal name, year, etc.) for the article. Click on the Find it link in the database records to search UHM collections.

If you have only a citation, determine if the library has the journal that contains the article you want by following the steps to find journals (in the box to the right).

Basic Search Techniques

Each database interface looks a little different. But they usually have some common features and there are similar search techniques you can use:

  • Enclose phrases in quotation marks: "social informatics"
  • Use * (or sometimes ! or ?) to truncate words: hawaii* searches for hawaii, hawaiian, hawaiians
  • Re-sort search results if needed: by Relevance, or Most Recent First.
  • Note Export, E-Mail or Print features, and Previous Search buttons. 

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