The Library has a number of databases which support research in cross-cultural psychology. All of them can be found on the Social Sciences section of the Library Databases page.
For all the databases, searching by subject is the most accurate and powerful method of searching. Most databases have a list of subject terms, sometimes called a thesaurus. Use it. This ensures that your request is phrased using the same terminology that was used to index the database. For instance, different databases might use "self image", "self identity", or "self concept" to refer to the same idea. Subject searches produce articles which are very specifically about the topic requested, as opposed to keyword searches which may find articles with only a passing reference to the topic of interest. If your initial subject search does not produce adequate results, first check for additional terms in the thesaurus or browse the subject index of the database you are searching. Try keyword searches only after you've tried a subject search.
Alternately, you may find relevant subject headings by initially doing a keyword search. Select one or two highly relevant articles from that search and look to see what subject headings were used to index those particular articles. Often, you can just click on the subject heading within the record to search for that subject heading.
If your first search finds nothing, try again using a different term, keywords instead of subject terms, or in a new database. There is almost always something out there on your topic. Remember, you can always ask for help from a reference librarian, either in person at the library reference desk, by telephone to (951) 785-2382, or via our e-mail reference form.
PsycInfo is the primary database for any research in the field of psychology. The PscyFirst database consists of the most recent four years of PsycInfo. There is a list of geographic terms used by PsycInfo and PsycFirst available in the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms at the reference computers in the library. Note that you may be able to search regional names (such as "Middle East" or "Asia") as well as the names of specific countries. Keep in mind that country names have changed over the years. You may need to search both the current name and previous name(s).
This guide has been set up in such a way that clicking on the name of the database will open the database in a separate window so you can toggle back and forth between the database and this instruction page. Please note that if the computer you are using is not connected to the La Sierra University campus network, you will need to login to the library proxy server in order to use this function.
PsycInfo indexes and provides abstracts to psychology books, journals, dissertations, and technical reports. Includes coverage of psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law.
PsycInfo's journal coverage, spanning 1887-present, includes international material selected from more than 1,500 periodicals written in over 35 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material published from 1987-present.
To search PscyInfo using geographic limiters, follow these instructions:
This cluster of databases from Proquest covers, to some degree, aspects of, or topics related to, cross-cultural psychology. Proquest-Psychology covers human development, learning, and psychiatry. Proquest-Social Science includes anthropology, culture, criminology, political science, social welfare, urban development. Proquest-Multicultural deals with gays, lesbians, and minorities within the United States. Proquest-International deals with international affairs and cultures. Proquest-Women's Interest deals with feminism, history, political science, social science, and general interest topics as they relate to women's issues.
To search any of the Proquest databases using geographic limiters, follow these instructions:
It is possible to search these five Proquest databases separately or together in any combination desired. To select a combination of Proquest databases for simultaneous searching, follow these instructions:
Social Sciences Abstracts indexes and provides abstracts for 400 English-language periodicals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law, from the U.S. and abroad. Coverage begins in 1983, with abstracts available for articles published in 1994 and afterwards.
To search Social Science Abstracts using geographic limiters, follow these instructions:
CWI is a multidisciplinary database including more than 1500 journals providing global information on women from fields such as sociology, psychology, health, education, and human rights. Also includes newsletters, research reports, fact sheets, and government and international agencies.
This database is indexed using a very short list of "Subject Areas". While it is possible to do keyword searching within the full text, this is likely to result in a high percentage of less relevant or irrelevant articles. Check the "Subject Area" list to see if your topic is indexed. If not, you will probably be better off searching another database.
To search Contemporary Women's Issues using geographic limiters, follow these instructions:
Social Work Abstracts indexes and provides abstracts for more than 35,000 records, covering social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, community organizations, and more. Coverage begins in 1977.
To search Social Work Abstracts using geographic limiters, follow these instructions:
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