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There are several ways to find what you are looking for:


Search Function

The full-text search bar (located in the top-left under the PsychWiki logo) can be used like any other search engine, with some exceptions described below.

  1. Avoid short and common words
    This is the most likely cause of an unexpected failed search. If your search terms include a common "stop word" (such as "the", "one", "your", "more", "right", "while", "when", "who", "which", "such", "every", "about", "onto"), then your search will fail without any results. Short numbers, and words that appear in half of all pages, will also not be found. In this case, drop those words and rerun the search. See Common words for which searching is not possible for the stop words filtered out by the database. From there one can at least go to a page with a stop word as title. Searching for the combination of one or more words and the common word "not" give a database query syntax error due to a bug in the software.
  2. Search is case-insensitive
    The searches for "fortran", "Fortran" and "FORTRAN" all return the same results.
  3. Phrase
    There is no method for searching for a phrase. Contrary to what you might expect, enclosing phrases in double quotation marks such as "can of tuna" will retrieve all pages containing "of" "tuna" and "can".
  4. No regular expressions or wildcards
    You cannot use regular expressions or wildcards such as ? or *. If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it. To search for pages with the words "boat" or "boats" search like this: "boat or boats".
  5. Words in single quotes
    If a word appears in a page with single quotes, you can only find it if you search for the word with quotes. Since this is rarely desirable it is better to use double quotes in pages, for which this problem does not arise. An apostrophe is identical to a single quote, therefore Mu'ammar can be found searching for exactly that (and not otherwise). A word with apostrophe s is an exception in that it can be found also searching for the word without the apostrophe and the s.
  6. Delay in updating the search index
    For reasons of efficiency and priority, very recent changes to pages are not always immediately taken into account in searches.

Using Google within PsychWiki

Google search within PsychWiki

What links here

  1. a list of articles which links to the specified page are displayed chronologically, from old at the top to most recently linked at the bottom.
  2. not listed are subpages that just have an automatic link to a page.
  3. the backlinks feature shows which backlinks are redirects. This makes it a useful tool for finding double redirects, which do not work, and, except in special applications can better be replaced by redirects to the final target.
  1. It gives a very rough indication of how popular a page is. Pages with many links are likely to be viewed often and should therefore be of the very best quality. Pages with few or no links may not be very popular.
  2. Where the subject material of an article is unclear, the list of articles linking to it might provide useful context. For instance when presented with a stub about John Smith that gives only his date of birth and death, viewing the list of links to the article might reveal that he won a gold medal in the Olympics.

Other Ways to find what you are looking for

  1. Surfing the Mainpage
    • We have structured the content within PsychWiki so that all the pages are accessible through the Main Page via the "Content Areas" or other links listed on the mainpage.
    • Also, all the articles can be found by clicking on the "All Topics" link listed on the left-hand sidebar.
  2. Using the Special pages section which allows you to search for:
    • All Topics - lists all pages within PsychWiki in alphabetical order. Initially, the "All Topics" page lists those Articles within the "Main" namespace, but you can also refine or expand your search by viewing Article pages or Discussion pages within other namespaces, such as "help", "templates", "images", "MediaWiki", "Categories", and "Users".
    • Broken Redirects - shows "redirect links" to non-existing pages.
    • Categories - shows which "Categories" exist within PsychWiki. Categories are automatic indexes that are useful as a table of contents. PsychWiki uses Categories for the Researchers section and the Share Your Research section

    • Dead-end pages - shows pages without any outgoing links.
    • Double Redirects - Each row contains links to the first and second redirect, as well as the first line of the second redirect text, usually giving the "real" target page, which the first redirect should point to. MORE HERE LATER
    • File List - lists all files uploaded by name MORE HERE LATER
    • Long pages - shows pages in the main namespace, with size in bytes, in order of decreasing size.
    • Short pages - shows pages in the main namespace, with size (of the wikitext excluding that of templates used) in bytes, in order of increasing size.
    • Most linked pages - MORE HERE LATER
    • New pages - shows newest pages with creation date and time, current size, user who created the page, and first edit summary, in reverse order of creation.
    • Oldest pages - shows pages in the main namespace, with creation date and time, in order of creation.
    • Orphaned pages - MORE HERE LATER
    • Popular pages - shows the most visited pages.
    • Random page - redirects to a random page from the main namespace which is not a redirect. Other namespaces can be specified as a parameter.
    • Uncategorized categories - MORE HERE LATER
    • Uncategorized pages - shows pages without category tags (note that after adding a tag to a page refreshing this page does not immediately reflects the change).
    • Unused categories - MORE HERE LATER
    • Unused files - MORE HERE LATER
    • User List - A list of all registered users.
    • Wanted pages - show Articles which have been requested / most wanted, specifically those that have at least 2 incoming links, but do not exist.

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