These instructions apply to Prof. Jeff Adams' class only.
The evening class with Prof. Bond has a different assignment - see the box at the bottom of the page for information about it.
For this assignment, we'll be looking at question #5 in your Lab Assignment #1, as well as question #3 in your Lab Assignment #2. The task is to find a research article from a psychology journal on a specific topic and to print out the abstract.
For this assignment, we'll be looking at question #1 in your Lab Assignment #2. Your task is to find a specific article and print it out.
PsycINFO is the database used to find scholarly articles published in psychological journals. It tell you what articles have been published in which journals.
At the search screen for PsycINFO, enter the terms you want to find. PsycINFO will search through thousands of journals to find items that contain your search terms.
Out of the thousands of article descriptions you find, select one you like. There are options on the screen to limit your results.
Click on the title of an article to see its full description, including the abstract.
Everything you need for your citation and abstract is available from the PsycINFO database. Be sure you've navigated to the full description by clicking on a title from your results list. Find the options on the top right of your screen.
This video walks you through the process of accessing and searching PsycINFO, then following the link to an online article. This is a demonstration of the process outlined in the Finding Articles tutorial.
The assignment gives you your starting point. Using the links below if needed, navigate to the Trent Library homepage and find the tab for Journals A-Z.
Once you have found the Journals A-Z tab on the Library homepage, enter the title of the journal you are looking for and click "Go".
From the main page of the journal, you can use the citation provided in the assignment to locate the correct article.
In order to start this assignment, you must have a very basic understanding of how the library website works, which will help you locate PsycINFO to find your abstract. Take a look at the links below to familiarize yourself with the library site.
You must also have a basic understanding of what a scholarly article is and how to recognize it. This will help you to distinguish scholarly articles from newspaper articles and popular sources. A quick look through the links below will help you to familiarize yourself with this part of the process.
The assignment given to the evening class with Prof. Bond asks you to access a specific article. You're provided with the title of the article and the authors. These are the steps to accomplishing this.
Navigate to the PsycINFO database. You'll find it on another page of this guide - click the tab for "Articles" near the top of the page. Always use the link from the library website to access databases, because it's through these links that you get past paywalls.
PsycINFO is a database that describes journal articles published in thousands of psychology journals. Use it to find out which volume and issue of which journal published a specific article.
You'll need to search this database. How you search depends on what information you already have. In this case:
When you've found the description for the correct article, click "Get It! Trent". Because PsycINFO doesn't provide the full text of articles, you need to locate it through our other online journal subscriptions. Get It! Trent does this for you.
Now that you've found the correct journal, year, volume, and issue, go through the table of contents to locate your article.
Click the .pdf link to load the article on your desktop. From here you can print or save it.
See the box above for a quick video on how to use PsycINFO to find articles.