Finding Empirical Studies in PsycInfo

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Finding Empirical Studies in PsycINFO

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This tutorial will help you locate research articles based on studies that were conducted using empirical methodology.

What is empirical methodology?

Access PsycINFO

  • Click on the Databases tab in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the library homepage.
  • Type in PsycINFO.
  • Click Go or hit Enter/Return on your keyboard.

databases tab on search box

  • Click on PsycINFO.
NOTE: PsycINFO will open in a new tab. Please go back and forth between the database and the instructions to complete the tutorial.

Constructing & Narrowing Your Search in PsycINFO

You are now on the Advanced Search screen of the database.

Let's say you were looking for empirical studies focused on sports and life expectancy.

  • Enter the search terms sports and "life expectancy", visible in the screenshot below, into the search boxes.

NOTE: Use terms related to your own research topic if you'd prefer.

advanced search example in psycinfo

NOTE: Don't click on Search just yet.

  • Select Peer review underneath the search boxes.
  • Scroll down until you see the area where you can limit by Methodology.
  • Select Empirical Study from the list.


  • Click Search.

Locating Full-Text

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PsycINFO is primarily a citation database rather than a full-text database. This means that although citations are available, full-text articles are usually not available in this type of database.

When in a citation database, you will often click the UC-eLinks button to locate the full-text of an article.

The full-text may be immediately available elsewhere in another database or journal website to which the library subscribes or may need to be requested through Interlibrary Loan. You will learn about Interlibrary Loan shortly.

UC-eLinks button

Locating Full-Text

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NOTE: Clicking on UC-eLinks will take you to a new tab or window, and you will lose these tutorial instructions. You will need to come back to this tab or window to finish the tutorial.

Click on the UC-eLinks button under the title of an article.

UC-eLinks button

This will take you to the article from the journal's website where you will see the option to download the full-text of the article as a PDF.

Find the full-text PDF of the article.

Locating Full-Text

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Most of the articles from your search in PsycINFO are available in other databases or journal websites to which the library subscribes.

If the article is not available, UC-eLinks may prompt you to request the article from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Request link

What is Interlibrary Loan?


This concludes the Finding Empirical Studies in PsycINFO tutorial.

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