Main Lab

   Describing aspects of
    a good theory.

Phases of research
  Steps for conducting a
    research study.

Research methods
  Different types of 
   research methods.

Sources for Info
  Primary & Secondary
    sources of research.

Journal Articles
  Understanding a
    typical journal article.

On-line Searches
  How to use PsycInfo 
    and other search
    engines.  Includes info
    on full text articles.

APA Format
   Learn to write in APA 

Activities & Quizzes
   A variety of activities
    related to research. 
   To be used in classes.


Topic:  How to conduct searches for journal articles as a student from UMUC. 

Step 1:  WebTycho sign in
Step 2:  Choose database(s)
Step 3:  Log in to the library
Step 4:  Sign in to My EBSCO
Step 5:  Conduct your search
Step 6:  Working with your searches
Step 7:  Understanding SFX

Step 1:  WebTycho sign in
     Sign in to WebTycho as if you are logging in to your class.  One the "Class List" page or even if you are in one of your classrooms, click on the LIBRARY button at the top right of your screen.  A mini-menu will pop up and you want to then go to LIBRARY DATABASES. 

Step 2:  Choose database(s)
     You should now be on a page that lists all of UMUC's databases and e-journals.  Under "Resources by Topic" click on Psychology (or if your topic is more socially based, then click on Social Sciences).  You will see a list of databases that you can use for your search.
Fortunately for you, UMUC subscribes to PsycARTICLES, which is a full-text database.  PsycARTICLES is a full-text subset of the main research database in psychology:  PsycINFO.  As a general rule, conduct your search in PsycARTICLES first, then use PsycINFO if you need additional resources. 
Click on your desired database. UMUC's library page has information on all databases.  Here is a brief synopsis on a few that I recommend:

PsycINFO PsycINFO contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology.   Start your searches here and then you can look for full-text versions in other databases.
PsycARTICLES PsycARTICLES is the full-text version of PsycINFO, with less coverage of articles.  All full text publications included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO.
Psychology &
Behavioral Sciences Collection
The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database providing nearly 550 full text publications, including more than 500 peer-reviewed journals.  Examples of publications include: American Journal of Family Therapy, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience. The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection can be searched independently, but also allows users to conveniently link to full text from citations within PsycINFO. All full text publications included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO. The majority of full text titles in this database are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1965.
JSTOR JSTOR has full text articles for many different topics.  For Psychology, the list changes but has included full-text for Child Development and Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.  All full text publications included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO.
WilsonSelect Plus Science, social sciences, computers, humanities and literature, accounting, marketing, finance, human resources, general business.  More than 1400 full-text titles from 1994 - present.  NOTE:  Some journals in this database may not be suitable for your psychology course.  Consult your professor.
Academic Search Premier Academic Search Premier, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications, including more than 3,100 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 7,373 journals in the collection. NOTE:  Some journals in this database may not be suitable for your psychology course.  Consult your professor.

Note:  Selecting PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, or Academic Search Premiere will send you to the EBSCO HOST search engine - see below for those specific steps.  Selecting Wilson or JSTOR will send you to different search engines but the same basic searching techniques apply. 


Step 3:  Log in to the library (note:  you may or may not have to do this step)
     Now you must log in to the UMUC library system.  Enter your information and click LOGIN. 

Step 4:  Sign in to My EBSCO
      At this point, you are ready to conduct your searches.  However, I highly recommend signing as a user of EBSCO prior to any search.  In the upper left part of your screen, click on:  Sign In to My EBSCOhost.  Why?  As stated on the web page, "My EBSCOhost is a personal folder in which you can save Result List items, persistent links to searches, saved searches, search alerts, journal alerts and web pages, organized for ease of viewing, adding to/deleting from or editing. After you sign in to My EBSCOhost, the EBSCOhost logo displays a "MY" banner on the corner to signify that you have logged in to your own personal folder. Items saved in your personal folder will remain from session to session, until you delete them."  Also, using My EBSCOhost means being able to conduct searches with more than one database.


Step 5:  Conduct your search
      Now you are ready to conduct your searches.  Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH tab at the top part of the screen.  EBSCO Host has a lot of interesting and helpful tools at your disposal.  For general information on how to conduct successful searches, click on this Cyberlab tutorial.  For specific information on how to use EBSCO's advanced search features, click here. For a complete list of EBSCO tutorials, click here.


Step 6:  Working with your searches
     Once you conduct your searches, you can easily save a search for printing or emailing by clicking on the Add to folder button.  At the top right part of the screen, you will see that your folder now has items in it:  Items added to the folder may be printed, e-mailed or saved from the View Folder screen.My Folder has items.  Once you click on MY FOLDER, your list of saved searches will be displayed. From here, you can print an article, save it to a disc, or email it.  Or you can keep it in your folder for a future visit.  If the article is in full text, you will see one of the following:

PDF Full TextPDF Full Text Best option.  This means the article is available in the original format, with intact tables/figures.  Your computer will need Adobe Acrobat to view it (available as a free download from the company).
HTML Full Text with GraphicsHTML Full Text Your next best option.  This means the article is available as a web page file (no need for Adobe Acrobat) and usually has the full article with scanned in tables/figures. 
Linked Full TextLinked Full Text This means the article is available but the tables and figures may not be easy to read.  You may lose important information with this option.
Click Here for Full Text and other services / SFX SFX is a system that dynamically interlinks numerous electronic resources and can be used in a wide range of digital libraries (learn more here).  See below for additional information.


Step 7:  Understanding SFX  Click Here for Full Text and other services / SFX
     Once you click on this link, if the article is available in full-text, you will receive that information.  You may be prompted to enter the publication information or it will be entered for you.  Once entered, the full-text article will be displayed. 
     However, just because you see the SFX button, it does not mean the article is available full text.  If that is the case, you will see this:

No Electronic version available for your library via SFX. 

     What you need to do at this point is to find out if any library within the University System of Maryland has this holding.  To do so, click on Holdings in catalogUSMAI  and see if and where it is available.  Or you can order the article/book by clicking on the link that reads Request document via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

     EBSCO Host offers a lot of interesting services.  Check out the tutorials and have fun with your searches!