Library Research Guide
Most databases, although they look different, search in similar ways. You can search the databases in many ways to find relevant research, including:
Constructing your search
Here is an example of a search using PsycINFO. The thesaurus was used to find the subject heading in the first line. On the second line, impact OR effects means that it will find sources with EITHER of those words. The third line has quotation marks, which means it will search for "family system" as a phrase instead of the words separately.
Many of the articles you find will be available online. If you don’t see the full text on the database you are searching, use the Get It button to see if the full text of the article is available through another source. If you find a citation to something that we don’t own, most of the time we can borrow it from another library. Please allow yourself enough time to do this! It takes up to 2-5 business days for articles and 5-7 business days for books (or longer if you are off campus). Click on “Request an Interlibrary Loan” on the library homepage or “Request from Interlibrary Loan” from the Get It menu. For more information, see our Interlibrary Loan page.