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.

Filters screenshot showing Methodology is Clinical Case Study

  • 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
  • Appendixes
  • Audio
  • Computer Software
  • Data Sets
  • DVD/CD
  • Experimental Materials
  • Tables and Figures
  • Tests-Internet
  • Text
  • Web Sites
  • Video
  • Work Book/Study Guide
  • Other

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
  • Interview
  • Focus Group
  • Literature Review
  • Systematic Review
  • Mathematical Model
  • Meta Analysis
  • Metasynthesis
  • 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

  • Human
  • Animal
  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient

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

2. Media Type:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Interactive

PsycTESTS-specific filters

If you select to search PsycTESTS only, there are five additional filters you can search: fee, test record type, supporting documentation, permissions, administration 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.

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