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McNair Scholars Program: Information Literacy Strand

The TRiO/McNair Scholars Program is geared toward enhancing those skills and experiences that will be required to compete successfully in graduate school.

Advanced PsycINFO Searching

From the Libraries' home page select Databases & Indexes. From here you can browse databases by SUBJECT (e.g., "Education") or ALPHABETICALLY.

 PsycINFO   (click to access PsycINFO through Rider University Libraries)

This database is the major index to the field of psychology; access it from our Libraries home page:  

[ ], follow the Databases & Indexes link for the Subject list of databases link, and choose it from the tab / list under Education.

1. Begin by first choosing Advanced Search and enter this search phrase 

DE Evidence based practice OR DE Treatment outcomes OR DE Treatment effectiveness evaluation OR DE Program evaluation OR DE Educational program evaluation

and Click Search

These are terms the course instructors and librarians have identified in PsycINFO to limit your results to articles concerning program evaluation. 

2.  Now click on Advanced Search to use special limiters available there to limit your results to EMPIRICAL STUDIES.

  • Under Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal) and 
  • Under Methodology you will find: EMPIRICAL STUDY, -Meta Analysis, and TREATMENT OUTCOME/CLINICAL TRIAL. 


3. Use the Thesaurus link to help you choose correct subject terms for your topic and related terms, or descriptors (i.e., Other related terms/phrases for the descriptive term "Bullying"). 


4. After consulting the thesaurus, we've decided to search: 

 bully* OR harassment OR "school violence" OR teasing OR hazing OR cyberbully*

5. Click Search History.  Select S2 and S3 and click Search with AND


6.  Scroll down to view your results.



Here is our search history from the above search