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Psychology: PSY 211 2021

APA Dictionary of Psychology (and Word of the Day)

APA Dictionary of Psychology (and Word of the Day)

APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms

Why is a controlled vocabulary essential for searching?

With the wide variety of concepts and vocabulary used in the psychological literature, search and retrieval of records about specific concepts is virtually impossible without the controlled vocabulary of a thesaurus. This controlled vocabulary provides a way of structuring the subject matter in a way that is consistent among users (e.g., searching for Dysphoria, Melancholia, and Depression can all be achieved by searching the term “Major Depression”).

from Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®

Search example:

(((DE "Nutrition") OR (DE "Food")) AND ((DE "Anxiety") OR (DE "Stress")))

Same search with children added as a keyword.

If you are searching both APA PsycArticles and APA PsycInfo, then look for SUBJECTS at the top of the screen. If you are searching just one of those databases, then go to APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

APA PsycINFO Classification Codes to limit your search by category

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Quick Reference Guide from EBSCO for APA PsycInfo

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