PsycNET's Advanced Search Screen allows you to enter multiple search terms connected by Boolean operators (see below for more information on how to use Boolean operators), specify the type of article you are looking for, set a date range, and apply detailed filters like methodology and population group (found in the Filters drop-down menu).
1. Learn about database filtering tools and options
Each database offers slightly different tools and options to help you focus your search. You may be able to filter the results by date range, document type/format, specific journals, etc. Many databases allow you to continue adding to and revising your search filters within the results, which can be very helpful!
2. Play around with words and phrases:
3. Try using some advanced searching techniques
Graham, Rebecca. "Boolean Searching" YouTube, uploaded July 2019.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyhASqTjFPw
4. Change up where you search
Every database has different content - they aren't all the same! Try plugging your search terms into a different general or discipline-specific database to see what you find. If you aren't sure which of our online resources to use, contact John Garrison for help!
5. Go beyond the search bar
Watch some examples of searching within PsycNET, with explanations of a variety of search tips and strategies!