'Advanced Search' is the default search in PsycInfo ('Basic Search' and a 'Cited References' search are also available). In 'Advanced Search', you can choose in which field of a record you will search:
Using a wildcard to truncate a word inside double quotation marks is supported by PsycInfo (and other databases on APA PsycNet). For example, it is possible to search for, "compulsive hoard*"
For more about the use of wildcards in PsycInfo, please refer to the Using wildcards section, elsewhere on this page.
The following wildcards can be used in PsycInfo:
|*||In right-hand truncation: behavior* searches for behavior, behaviors, behavioral, behaviorism, etc.|
|*||In left-hand truncation: *ache searches for compound words including headache and backache, but also moustache and Sprache (Germ.)|
It is recommended that you 'build a search' by searching for one key word (or phrase) or index term at a time, before combining your searches for related words or terms using the Boolean operators AND and OR (Boolean operators are case sensitive and must be typed in capitals). In PsycInfo, you must go to 'Recent Searches' to combine searches.
By searching for one word or phrase at-a-time, you will be able to verify that one stage of your has succeeded, before moving on to the next. For example, if you misspell a word or phrase, the number of results retrieved should alert you that you have made an error.
In addition to the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT, you can use a proximity operator in PsycInfo: NEAR/x, where x is the number of words that are in-between your search words. Therefore, a proximity operator allows you to specify how near each other your words must be. The theory is that if your words are close together, the results you find are more likely to be relevant. For example, patient NEAR/2 anxiety will retrieve records where patient and anxiety appear within 2 words of each other, in any order.
Proximity searching can be used in combination with the asterisk * truncation symbol, enabling you to search for phrases that are similar (such as disordered eating and eating disorders, without the need to perform multiple searches. For example, disorder* NEAR/2 eating
If the words must be in a certain order, you should enclose the words and the proximity operator in double quotation marks, e.g. "disordered NEAR/2 eating" retrieves disordered eating, but not, eating disordered.
PsycInfo does not recognize the NEAR/ command when a number is not included.
If you use different Boolean operators in your search, the search is processed according to this order of precedence when no parentheses are present: