APA PsycInfo: How to Search

Journal Articles

What is a scholarly journal article?

Scholarly journals are publications where scholars share the results of their research. Like a magazine, each issue of a scholarly journal contains a collection of articles on different topics.

Scholarly journals are also known as:

  • academic journals
  • peer-reviewed journals

How to find a scholarly journal article

Empirical Studies

What is an empirical study?

According to the APA, it is a "study based on facts, systematic observation, or experiment, rather than theory or general philosophical principle."

How to find empirical studies in APA PsycInfo

STEP 1: Enter your search terms

STEP 2: Scroll down to the "Publication Type" box and select "Peer Reviewed Journal"

STEP 3: Scroll down to the "Methodology" box and pick "Empirical Study"

STEP 4: Click the "Search" button

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Literature Reviews

What is a literature review?

According to the APA, it is a "survey of previously published literature on a particular topic to define and clarify a particular problem; summarize previous investigations; identify relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature; and suggest the next step in solving the problem."

How to find a literature review article in APA PsycInfo

STEP 1: Enter your search terms

STEP 2: In the "Methodology" section (scroll down to find it), select "Literature Review"

OTHER OPTIONS: In the "Methodology" section, select "Systematic Review" or "Meta Analysis"

STEP 3: Click "Search"

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How to Find Psychology Case Studies

How to find psychology case studies

1. Use the APA PsycIinfo database (see link below) and type your search terms

2. Scroll down the search page to the "Methdology" box and select "Case Study" from the box

3. Run the search

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