Need materials other than books or journal articles?
You might need to search specialized resources first or use targeted search queries in library catalogs or article databases.
For more information, please review the following web page which suggests where and how to find specific types of literature (e.g. dissertations, videos, tests & measures, systematic reviews)
How Do I Find . ?
Otherwise, search library catalogs, article databases and other web resources as mentioned below.
Search the library catalog
In a nutshell START YOUR RESEARCH HERE FIRST. Search the library catalog for books or book chapters on your topic.
Forest Library Catalog (Forest materials only)
SWAN (union catalog of 10 libraries in SW MO including Forest)

Use same search
Change library to
View Entire Collection
MOBIUS (union catalog of 68+ libraries in MO including Forest)

Search MOBIUS button to re-execute same search in MOBIUS catalog
WorldCat (hundreds of library holdings around the world including Forest)

Use only if you want to identify more books
Other Suggestions

Use only if you want to identify more books

Library catalogs at other schools
Search by subject or keyword
Note: Request books not owned by Forest (if Available)
  Google Books
If you identify a book using WorldCat or another resource, search the title again in SWAN and MOBIUS to see if you can request the book (if Available). Otherwise, request on Interlibrary Loan by e-mailing the citation to
Search article databases in priority order (SUMMARY)
In a nutshell The database links on library home page are in rough priority order. 1. Search PsycINFO in EBSCO FIRST
2. Search MEDLINE with Full Text in EBSCO
3. Search remaining relevant EBSCO databases
4. Search ProQuest, OVID and Sage databases
5. Search Gale databases
6. Search NewsBank databases
7. Search specialized databases and other recommended web resources
Consult Resources by Subject/Track page
Search article databases in priority order (DETAILED)
MEDLINE with Full Text
Combine and search any remaining relevant EBSCO databases
ProQuest Psychology Journals
OVID Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)
Sage Psychology Fulltext Collection
Search all 36 databases at once
Search NewsBank only if you are interested in popular magazines or newspaper articles
Consult Resources by Subject/Track page
Pinpoint which area SWAN libraries might have access to niche resources in your subject area.
Search database Re-run PsycINFO search (unless you already combined with PsycINFO) Search database Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection (recommended)
Academic Search Elite (recommended)
Search ProQuest and Sage databases
Search OVID only if you are looking for primary and secondary information about tests
OR EXAMPLE: AGTS Library has various religion & theology databases that we don't subscribe to.
OPTIONAL: Search PsycINFO combined with PsycEXTRA. Otherwise, see next step. Important to search this database separately so you can use MESH terms

Keyword searching works fine here
Click on Change Databases link

1. Check mark
selected databases to search
Determine what subject disciplines are related to your topic (e.g. business, nursing, religion, social sciences)
Review subject pages related to those disciplines
Search relevant databases or resources
EXAMPLE: MSU Library has nursing, sports medicine, music, social science and other databases that we don't subscribe to.
IMPORTANT: Unnecessary to combine and search PsycINFO combined with PsycBOOKS, PsycARTICLES or PsycCRITIQUES. OPTIONAL: Search PubMed (Forest version) Academic OneFile (recommended)
General OneFile (recommended)
Psychology Collection (recommended)
Any other InfoTrac subject collection (your choice)
NOTE: Ask Renee for advice on whether this step is necessary for your research and which databases might apply best to your topic.
The full text content in those APA databases is automatically interlinked with PsycINFO.
Search Google Scholar (Forest version)
2. Then check mark individual Resource Centers to search (ONLY if relevant to your search)
Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module
Business and Company Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center

SEARCH ONLY IF THESE ARE RELEVANT. OPTIONAL. We do have the ability to conduct online database searches if needed.

Resist the temptation to cross-file search (i.e. combining all databases at once to conduct a search). This strategy is NOT recommended for PsycINFO or MEDLINE with Full Text when conducting more thorough research for your thesis topic.

Why? APA thesaurus terms are only good in APA databases (like PsycINFO). MESH terms are only good in MEDLINE. Your searching will be more precise if you search these two important databases SEPARATELY using thesaurus terms designed for each database (in combination with keywords, if needed). You can then combine and search other
remaining databases using keywords and subject terms common to more than one database.

Cross-file searching removes the Suggest Subject Terms box.

Cross-file searching leaves only the most basic search field options (less flexibility).
NOTE: Cross-file searching is a non-issue in ProQuest since we only have one database from this vendor. NOTES:

You can use cross-file searching in Gale because the same subjects and keywords are used across multiple files.

Peer Reviewed is set as a default. Un-check box if you wish to see non-peer reviewed material.