Advanced Search allows for more precise searching than Basic Search. You can create a complex search using the Select Databases, Advanced Search, Date, and Filters options.

Select Databases

If you wish to search a specific database, expand the database selection menu by clicking on Select Databases and indicate which database(s) you wish to search.

Advanced Search screen with Select Databases section expanded and the checkbox for each APA databases selectedAdvanced Search

The Advanced Search section allows you to select specific searchable fields for your search and combine multiple search queries with the Boolean operators AND, OR, or NOT. To put more than two queries in a search, click on +add row.

Advanced Search Screen rows of input fields, dropdowns, and checkboxes for limiters

In this section, you may also limit your results to the following:

  • APA Full Text: Your results will show only those records for which full text is available. This can be journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, literature reviews, or any of the gray literature options in APA PsycExtra.
  • Peer-Reviewed Journals Only: Your results will include only those records from peer-reviewed journals.
  • Impact Statement: Your results will only show statements of records that include impact statements
  • Open Access: Your results will only include documents where the text is available through Open Access resources.
  • Test Available: Your results will show only those records from the APA PsycTests database that contain tests (full text in PDF or other media).


The Date section allows you to limit to a date range or to records added to the databases recently.

Advanced Search Screen Date section circled


The Filters section allows you to further limit your search by specific age group, supplemental material, APA PsycInfo Classification, document type, methodology, or methodology.

Filters section appears below the Date section on the Advanced Search screen

If you have selected a filter, you can add additional filters to your search by clicking on +add filter.Advanced Search Screen with +add filter link circled

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