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A general guide to resources in the field of psychology.

How to use this guide

This guide is organized by content type (articles, books, etc.) to allow you to explore the various resources available to support you in your research. 

Steps to conducting research

Familiarize yourself with the jargon and narrow down your topic

  • Look for scholarly sources on the topic: Course reserves (including textbooks), required readings, Encylopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks are a great way to familiarize yourself with a topic.
  • Once you identify a topic and find some preliminary information, you need to locate more "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" information from refereed journals (check your instructor's notes in your assignments)

Finding articles using databases 

Read the sources located in the preliminary research to determine

  • what research questions have been generated from the topic
  • from what perspective you may approach this topic
More in-depth research on your topic
  • Use Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms
  • Use Quotes to search as a phrase, parenthesis to combine synonyms or related terms, and use limits for dates, gender, primary sources, etc.
  • Contact your subject librarian for more help with starting your research and locating articles

Topics in Psychology

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