Getting Started with PsycINFO

Finding the right terms

PsycINFO has a thesaurus that lists the terms that are being used to describe the items indexed in the database-- what they are 'about.' It is a good idea to check to see that you are using the best terms for your topic.

Sometimes you'll see a term in the alphabetical list and then the word USE and another term, such as:
parental influence USE Parent child relations

This means that the preferred term is Parent child relations, if regarding both parents. Use father child relations, if speaking of fathers and their children, and mother child relations if considering mothers and children.

Childrearing practices? or parenting style? Terms in the thesaurus will often include scope notes or operational definitions that describe what is meant by a word or phrase when used for indexing in the database.