ProQuest Psychology Database

The ProQuest Psychology Database is a highly accessible full-text resource for students, teachers, and researchers. It encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychological and psychosomatic publications, with diverse sources of content including dissertations and training videos presented by expert faculty from National Institute of Health to help students bridge theory with practice. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more.

Accessing ProQuest Psychology Database

For those wanting to search the ProQuest Psychology Database exclusively, it can be selected using the Search for Databases option in the header bar and then selecting the letter ‘P’ to limit the options presented.

You can then browse the results or type in ‘Psychology’ to narrow the results further.

If accessing this resource from off-campus, users will need to authenticate using OpenAthens. For more information on external authentication please click here.

Using ProQuest Psychology Database

The landing page of the Psychology Database will automatically default to the Advanced Search page, which offers a robust set of options to construct targeted and comprehensive searches. It is particularly unique in that it allows researcher to restrict results based on the subject age group, offers a discipline specific thesaurus to help navigate technical jargon and related terminology, as well as the ability to browse by Subject Headings.

Using Boolean Operators

Like most databases, ProQuest Psychology Database uses basic Boolean operators to join terms and interpret searches. For more information on using Boolean Operators please check out our Searching Electronic Resources Research Tutorial.

Remember to always place Boolean operators in all caps, as shown in the examples below.

AND     Look for documents that contain all of your words or phrases.

Use AND to narrow your search and get fewer results.

  • food AND nutrition

OR       Look for documents that contain any of your words or phrases.

Use OR to broaden your search and get more results.

  • food OR nutrition

NOT     Look for documents that contain one of your search terms, but not the other.

  • nursing NOT shortage

Using Proximity Operators

Proximity operators allow for researchers to specify the degree of relationship, or proximity, between search terms and are essential for contextualizing information as they restrict the conditions in which search terms occur. Essentially, you can eliminate results where search terms appear in widely disparate areas of a resources and increasing the relevancy of the results returned.

It is important to note, however, that Proximity Operators are not always preset options in the Basic or Advanced Search and may need to be input manually when constructing a search.

NEAR/n or N/n           

Look for documents that contain two search terms, in any order, within a specified number of words apart.  Replace ‘n’ with a number. In the example, 3 means within 3 words.

Used alone, NEAR defaults to NEAR/4.

  • nursing NEAR/3 education
  • media N/3 women

Important to know: When you shorten NEAR to N, you must provide a number. For example, internet N/3 media. If you search on internet N media, ProQuest interprets N as a search term, rather than as a proximity operator.

PRE/n or P/n or –       

Look for documents that contain one search term that appears within a specified number of words before a second term.

  • nursing PRE/4 education

Replace ‘n’ with a number.  In the example, 4 means the first term precedes the second term by 4 or fewer words.

  • shares P/4 technologies

A hyphen (-) joining two terms within a search is equivalent to PRE/0 or P/0.

  • nursing-education

Blog Post Written By: Jessica Macaulay, Acquisition & Circulation Specialist

 Jessica joined the StMU Library team in May 2018. Prior to joining StMU she worked with the Calgary Catholic School District, the University of Calgary Doucette Library, and interned with the University of Edinburgh Special Collections & Digital Imaging Units. Her research interests lie in Middle English literature, Medieval and Early Modern reading networks, and the history of the book as material object.

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