At the bottom of the Advanced Search page, you can filter or limit your search to a specific age group, population, document type, research methodology, PsycINFO Classification, and/or supplemental material type. For example, if you are looking for a clinical case study about seasonal affective disorder, search “seasonal affective disorder” and filter the search to the clinical case study Methodology.

  • Select the filter from the first drop-down menu.
  • Select “is” or “is not.”
  • Select the value or values. To select more than one value, hold the Control key as you click each value.
  • You can search more than one filter at a time by clicking  + add filter.

Six filters are available for searches in PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and PsycBOOKS. These six filters will also appear in multi-database searches.

1. Age Group: describes specific age groups related to the document’s content

Childhood (birth to 12 yrs)
Neonatal (birth to 1 mo)
Infancy (2 to 23 mo)
Preschool Age (2 to 5 yrs)
School Age (6 to 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 to 17 yrs)
Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Young Adulthood (19 to 29 yrs)
Thirties (30 to 39 yrs)
Middle Age (40 to 64 yrs)
Aged (65 yrs & older)
Very Old (85 yrs & older)
2. Supplemental Material: material separate from the source document

3-D Modeling Images
Computer Software
Data Sets
Experimental Materials
Tables and Figures
Web Sites
Work Book/Study Guide


3. Classification Codes: 4-digit numbers representing broad subject categories from the PsycINFO Content Classification Code System.
4. Document Type: describes what the document is

Abstract Collection: document is a collection of abstracts
Bibliography: a list of document citations (e.g., books or journal articles), often with descriptive or critical notes relating to a particular subject, period, or author
Chapter: chapter of a book, authored or edited
Clarification: Clarification or explanation of information or data in a previously published work.
Column/Opinion: non-article type document providing updates, personal perspectives, etc.
Comment/Reply: a comment, reply, rebuttal, or rejoinder to a previously published work
Dissertation: thesis or a document that presents the author’s research and findings and is submitted in support of candidacy for a doctoral degree
Editorial: statement of opinions, beliefs, and policy of the editor of a journal
Encyclopedia Entry: individual entries from an encyclopedia
Erratum/Correction: correction of errors in a previously published work or designation of an article or book retracted in whole or in part by an author, publisher or other authorized agent
Interview: A goal-directed conversation with the objective of obtaining information from an individual.
Journal Article: article from a serial
Letter: a letter to the editor of a journal of book
Obituary: notice of the death of a person
Poetry: poetry (note: this is applied to documents that are poems, not those about poetry)
Publication Information: non-article type information in journals, usually includes important announcements such as a new journal editor
Reprint: document is a reprint from another publication
Retraction: Designation of an article or book retracted in whole or in part by an author, publisher, or other authorized agent.
Review – Book: review of a book
Review – Media: review of a film or video
Review – Software & other: review of software, website, or any other review that is not a book or media review
Test: a test or measure indexed in the PsycTESTS database.
5. Methodology captures the research method used in a study.

Brain Imaging
Clinical Trial
Clinical Case Study
Empirical Study
Experimental Replication
Followup Study
Longitudinal Study
Prospective Study
Retrospective Study
Field Study
Focus Group
Literature Review
Systematic Review
Mathematical Model
Meta Analysis
Nonclinical Case Study
Qualitative Study
Quantitative Study
Scientific Simulation
Treatment Outcome
Twin Study

See the APA site for a chart with definitions of each of these methodologies.

6. Population Group: describes the subject population group of a study



PsycEXTRA-specific filters

If you select to search PsycEXTRA only, the methodology and supplemental material filters are removed, and the following two filters are added:

1. Content Owner Type: type of organization providing the content of the materials in the database:

APA Division
Educational Institution
For-Profit Organization
Government (U.S.)
Government (Non-U.S.)
Government (State)
Government (Local)
Government (Multinational)
Military (Non-U.S.)
Military (U.S.)
Non-Profit Organization
Research Institute (Private)


2. Media Type:


PsycTESTS-specific filters

If you select to search PsycTESTS only, there are five additional filters you can search: fee, test record type, supporting documentation, permissionsadministration method, instrument type and PsycTESTS classification code. Age Group and Population Group also continue to be available.

For more details about these filters, see the PsycTESTS help menu.