Use the word "AND" to combine your keywords to make your search more specific. eg. substance abuse AND domestic violence
Use synonyms and alternative terms Related terms - broader or narrower - will also bring up relevant results. eg. teenagers | adolescents | youth
Use Truncation "*" to search for words with common roots without entering them individually. eg. searching for teen* retrieves teen, teens, teenaged, teenagers
Restrict searches to academic, peer-reviewed journals
PsycINFO Tutorial: This tutorial demonstrates advanced searching in PsycINFO. It was created by Middlesex County College.
Many databases provide full-text access to journals. However, you can use the GET ARTICLE icon to search for full-text coverage of the title you need in one of the other databases. If no access is available, you can request and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for the materials.
Not sure if a particular journal is peer-reviewed? Check out Ulrichsweb. This database (also found in the A-Z database list from "Quick Links" on the library website) provides detailed information on publications. Look for the referee icon to indicate it is a peer-reviewed journal.
The black and white “ref jersey” icon below indicates that Higher Education is a peer-reviewed journal, but Education Week is not.