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 PsycINFO

STEP 1: Enter your search terms

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

STEP 3: Click "Search"

Searching by methodology in PsycINFO

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 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"

Searching for literature reviews in PsycINFO

How to write a literature review