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PSYC 2020 – Methods of Investigation

1. PsycINFO

Using PsycINFO go! info Available Online

What’s in PsycINFO?

  • empirical research articles
  • theoretical or review articles
  • commentary/response articles
  • books or book chapters and dissertations

Access from off-campus
Enter your NetID and password.

Set up an EBSCOhost account
Save articles in folders can be accessed from any computer by creating an account and signing in.

Setting Limits
Useful limits (to refine from the results list, click on Search Options in right column):

  • Peer Reviewed: check to limit to peer reviewed journal articles
  • Age Groups
  • Methodology: limit to different types of studies.

Sort by:
The results list is sorted automatically by Date, try sorting by Relevance.

Narrow Results by Subject
From the Results list, click on one of the options in the Subject Heading column to limit your current results by that subject.

Find More Like This
From an article’s abstract page, related articles are listed on the right.

Cited References
From the results list or the article abstract, use this link to see a list of all of the literature used to write the article.

2. Finding the Full-Text

Find the Full-Text of Journal Articles

Click on “Check SFX for more information” or “FindText” or SFX. A new window will open, there are three possibilities:

  • Full text online Yay! Click on this link to access full-text.
  • Check for location of CSUEB print copy Click on this to find out if the library owns a PRINT copy of the journal article. Look for the CALL NO., write down the article information (journal title, author, year, volume, pages) and head to the second floor of the library, the PERIODICALS section.
  • Request it through Cal State East Bay Interlibrary Loan Click on this to request the article from another library. Cost: Free Article arrives: 2 days – 2 weeks.

3. Locate a Specific Article

(if you already have the citation)

Example citation:

Brainerd, C., & Mojardin, A. (1998). Children’s and adults’      spontaneous false memories: Long-term persistence and      mere-testing effects. Child Development, 69(5),      1361-1377.

  • Go to the library home page and click on the Find Articles tab.
  • Enter the Journal Title in the appropriate box, NOT the article title, and click on GO. In the above example, the journal title is Child Development.
  • If necessary, choose the correct journal title from the list (this step may not be needed).
  • If full-text is available, check the dates available to make sure your article is included.
  • Follow the steps above (Find the Full-text of Journal Articles) to locate the full-text.


For general guidance with citation

To automatically generate citations

  • For beginners, Noodletools: Fill in the information for your source and Noodletools will generate a citation for you.
  • In EBSCO databases (Acad Search Premier, ERIC, Education Abstracts, PsycINFO, etc.): From the article’s abstract page, click on the Cite This icon.
  • Worldcat: Look up a book (and a limited number of articles) & use the “Cite this Item” link.

For difficult questions & more complete guidance

Consult the following style manual, available at the Reference Desk:

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