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Psychology

This is a guide for students doing research in Psychology

How to Search

You can search the databases in different ways to find materials that will be relevant for your assignment, including:

  • Use the thesaurus to help you find appropriate search terms
  • Use "or" between search terms if you want EITHER word, "and" if you want BOTH
  • Try truncating keywords using asterisks: ethnograph* to get ethnography or ethnographic.
  • Put phrases in quotes: “professional development” “special education”
  • To find research articles, try adding the words: “research methods”, data, results, discussion, study (not all of these words will appear in every article, so try using just a few or combining them in different ways.) 
  • Try adding a keyword for a specific type of methodology -- quantitative, qualitative, ethnography, "case study", etc…
  • PsycInfo allows you to specifically limit to quantitative or qualitative research articles
  • Look for a limit for professional journal articles or peer-reviewed articles

 

Example of searching in ERIC

Getting the Articles

Many of the articles you find will be available online. If you don’t see the full text on the database you are searching, use the Interlibrary Loan Service. 

If you find a citation to something that we don’t own, most of the time we can borrow it from another library. Please allow yourself enough time to do this! It takes up to 2-5 business days for articles and 5-7 business days for books (or longer if you are off campus). Click on “Interlibrary Loan” on the library home page. For more information, see our Interlibrary Services page.