Utilize the thesaurus to search for keywords/terms, one at a time. Explore any narrower or broader terms that might be applicable. Make selections and click "Add to Search”. Repeat the same process for the second concept.
Your search will look like this:
"Explode" means that you are searching for a particular subject heading and all the narrower subject headings underneath it. For example, if you search:
You are also searching its narrower terms:
Most citations in PsycINFO are assigned 5-7 subject headings. 2 or 3 of those subject headings are likely to be designated as the primary focus of the article. Selecting "Major" means you will only retrieve those articles that have that subject heading designated as major. While this option can be useful occasionally, often it will limit your search too much and you will have very few articles to select.
Construct your search using the key concepts relevant to your topic.
Use limits to filter results for specific aspects of the resource such as particular age groups, research methodology, or publication type. These selections help you quickly narrow down results to items most relevant for you (and your assignment!).
Once you've identified an article in a database and you want to the full text, click on the green Find It @ PSU button to see if the article is available from journals in the Library (electronic and print). If you see a Download Article link, you can click to access the electronic copy.
If there is no Download Article link, check for print holdings. If the article is not available from our library electronically or in print, you can request the article using Interlibrary Loan.