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PSY100 Introductory Psychology: Getting Started

A quick guide to PsycINFO with an emphasis on Thesaurus use. Ovid and ProQuest interfaces are covered.

Link to PsycINFO


Link to PsycINFO using the ProQuest interface.

Note: The  ProQuest interface will bring you to the search screen for all 75 databases in that set.  To select PsycINFO, click on the CHANGE link at the top left blue border,

ProQuest Top of Screen  

then CLEAR ALL selections, finally scroll down to select just PsycINFO:

Link to PsycINFO using the OVID interface.

Note:  You can use PsycINFO and almost all other Library resources off-campus.  You will just be asked for your UTORid and password.  (Please contact the Library if you have any problems.)

What is PsycINFO and Why Use It?

What is PsycInfo?

  • PsycINFO is an abstract database to scholarly journal articles published in all fields of psychology from around the world since the early 1800s. 
  • PsycINFO contains bibliographic citations, abstracts, cited references, and descriptive information. 
  • Full-text linking allows for access to articles in journals and conference proceedings already subscribed to by the University of Toronto.
  • You can search for articles by keywords (significant terms in title, abstract, subject or tags), author, or journal title.
  • PsycINFO combines a wealth of content with precise indexing: Use the THESAURUS (in purple TOOLS tab) to explore your topic and find controlled vocabulary tags that best correspond to your research topics.

Why use PsycInfo?

  • It is the most complete resource for finding journal articles in the field of psychology.
  • Controlled vocabulary tags added to each article (accessed through THESAURUS or as SUBJECT HEADINGS) allow you to find articles on your topic even if the authors used different terms than the ones you are familiar with.