COG SCI 100: Cognitive Science

Google Scholar and You!

  1. Set up your proxy server access by following the directions at When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password.
  2. Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the link next to the search box. 
  3. In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”
  4. Check box next to "University of California Berkeley - UC-eLinks
  5. Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page

Advanced Searching Techniques

Power search features for most article databases:

  • Use synonyms -- there are many ways to express a concept (teenager or teen or adolescent)
  • Use truncation, with the use of an asterisk (*), to get different forms of the word, for example teenage* will retrieveteenagersteenagerteenaged, etc.
  • Plural and singular forms of a keyword can produce different results.
  • Use quotation marks when you want an "exact phrase."  Some search engines also accept parentheses (  ) to isolate an "exact phrase." 
  • Use other limiters such as "date" -- most will let you find results for a certain time period.

Advanced Searches:
Every discipline, including Psychology, has a vocabulary that is unique and not commonly in our everyday language.  In a discipline-specific database, like PsycInfo or PubMed, these vocabularies are called "controlled vocabularies." They may also be referred to as descriptors or subject headings.

In PsycInfothe  Thesaurus is a very powerful tool. It helps you identify articles that are about a topic, not just that have the word in the abstract. For example, if you are looking for the cause of a certain psychological problem, the descriptor "etiology" finds material that looks at causality.  The Thesaurus also helps you identify the "official" term for a particular psychological disorder, such as "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" for "ADHD" or "ADD."
Other search engine features in PsycInfo are also helpful.  Here are some suggestions: 
  • Use the special "limits" or "fields" that the database offers. They really do help you make a more focused and powerful search. PsycInfo lets you use many helpful limits including:
  • Methodology-- are you interested in literature reviews? Empirical studies? Clinical trials? Quantitative or qualitative studies?
  • Population -- do you want research based on humans? Males vs. females?
  • Age of subjects -- adolescents? children? old people?
  • Publication type -- do you want articles? dissertations? books?
In PubMed, use the MESH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus to:
  • Identify the official medical term for a disease or medical issue.
  • Find broader, narrower, or similar terms.


This is THE Core index to articles in psychology.
Indexes journals in the field of medicine and psychiatry.
Web of Science
Includes the Science and Social Sciences Citation Index. These let you find "forward citations" -- update your research by finding articles that cite an article. 


Books (E-books and print)
OskiCat Catalog of the UC Berkeley Library
Melvyl Catalog of the UC Libraries
MIT CogNet 
E-books in cognitive and brain sciences published by MIT.
Contains the DSM-V Online  (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and several full-text psychiatry journals. 
APA e-books
Full text of books from 2009 to present published by the APA.
Springer Electronic Book Package 
E-books in many fields including Psychology. (These e-books are also listed by title in Melvyl.)

Last Update: July 10, 2014 15:55