Subscribers to PsycINFO can choose from a number of different platforms, including EBSCO, Ovid and ProQuest. The University of Bath Library subscribes to the American Psychological Association's APA PsycNET platform. APA PsycNET gives access to the following APA databases, in addition to PsycINFO:
By default you will search across all of the above and a selection of APA e-books (APA Books), but you can opt to search a single database.
To search PsycINFO on APA PsycNET, choose 'Select Databases' and then 'Select ALL', before marking the box beside PsycINFO. Please note that each article in PsycARTICLES is also indexed by PsycINFO.
If there is no Open Access icon, or PDF or 'Full-Text HTML' button, select the 'Check local holdings' button for an automated catalogue search that will check if the document is in the Library’s collection.
If you open but do not use PsycINFO for 30 minutes, your search history will be erased. A 'Session Timeout Message' will be displayed in APA PsycNET. You must re-start your session and re-enter any previous searches.
It is recommended that you permanently save your searches by selecting My PsycNET and creating a personal account.
If you are undertaking a systematic review and you intend to develop a previously-published systematic review, you may need to adapt their PsycINFO search strategy if they used another platform to access PsycINFO, e.g. Ovid. When writing up your own review, you must state which platform you have used to ensure that your search can be reproduced by anyone with access to the same platform or translated for a different platform.
The Library has produced an online guide to the various steps of a systematic review.