The information on this page should help you locate information for your research assignment. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need additional assistance in using our psychology research databases.
PsycINFO allows you to conduct a very focused search. The following suggestions may help you locate a current review article on your disorder:
1. Open the PsycINFO (Ebsco) database using the link in the column to the left.
2. Click on the link to the Thesaurus (green bar at the top of the screen) and enter the disorder name in the “Browsing: PsycINFO—Thesaurus” box. This can be an important step because you may find that PsycINFO uses a slightly different name for the disorder than the one that you locate in the DSM-5. For example, in the DSM-5, ADHD is listed as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder but in PsycINFO it is listed as Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity.
3. Once you know the PsycINFO name for your disorder, return to the search screen by clicking on “New Search” in the green bar at the top of the screen.
4. Enter your disorder name (as listed in the PsycINFO thesaurus) in the first search box at the top of the screen, then use the pull-down menu to the right of the search box to select “subject”
5. Use the limit fields below the search boxes to enter:
Publication year: 2012-2014
Check off: Peer reviewed
Methodology: Literature Review
6. Click on the Search button and review your results
7. When you locate a citation that looks useful, use the Find it @ USF button to see if we have access to an online version of the full-text of the article.
NOTE: You may not be able to locate a recent review article for a lesser known disorder. In that case, try using the search above but without limiting it to the literature review methodology.
See the attached PDF file for an illustration of a sample search. And please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the process.