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Psychology: Combining & Limiting in APA PsycInfo

Combining Your Searches

Once you've searched all your keywords, the next step is to combine your search results.  To do this:

  • Type the line numbers from your search history into the search box, combined with the word and, ex: 2 AND 6 AND 9


  • In your search history, select the line numbers you wish to combine and clicking And beside the phrase Combine selections with:.

Limiting Your Search

APA PsycInfo allows you to limit by a variety of variables including age group, publication year, publication type, language, etc.  This helps you narrow down your results.

Choose the "Additional Limits" icon from the main search page and review the many options available.

Once you have finished setting your limits, choose the "Limit A Search" icon found at the top and bottom of the screen.

Limit by Methodology

Looking specifically for empirical research, a literature review, or a clinical case study?

Go to the Methodology menu and choose your preferred methodology.

Limit to Journal Articles

APA PsycInfo includes references to all sorts of materials including journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, dissertations, etc.

To limit to only peer-reviewed articles, choose Peer-Reviewed Journal in the Publications Types menu or in the initial list of major Limits.

Limit to Age Groups

The Age Groups limiters allows you to narrow your research to a specific age grouping such as children, seniors, etc.