PSY 3125a: Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

Search Tips

No matter where you search there are three good techniques you can use to improve your search results:

  • Boolean searching
  • stemming
  • phrase searching

Boolean Searching

This involves using the words AND and OR within your search.

AND: narrows a search (depression AND children).

OR: broadens a search and can be used to describe multiple terms (juvenile OR adolescent)

Here’s a brief video on using AND and OR.


Also called truncation, used to find multiple endings of a word. Put an asterisk (*) at the end of the root word:

child* finds: child, children, childhood

Phrase Searching

Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase. Quotation marks will keep the words in the order you type to make your results more relevant. Make sure the phrase you’re using is one that is used in discussing your topic:

“peer pressure”, “early childhood”

Reference and Books

Reference sources like handbooks and encyclopedias are great for getting background information and generating ideas when you are stuck on finding a topic.

Most of what you’ll find in these databases are more in-depth than a general encyclopedia. They are written by experts in the field and articles are usually lengthy and signed. As well, you can usually find a bibliography at the end of the entry that points you to more potential sources.

Credo Reference (database of over 500 encyclopedias)


APA Handbooks and ebooks(available through April 30)

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Here are some suggested sources to find statistics on your topics:

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Find Articles

The search box below allows you to begin to search the PsycInfo database. PscyInfo is everything psychology oriented from the late 1800′s to the present. It includes books, conference proceedings, research reports, dissertations, and articles.

This search box is limited to journal articles and has peer-review automatically selected for you.

Limit Your Results

See other psychology-related databases

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Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

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What is Peer Review

This is a great video that gives you an excellent review of what it means to be peer reviewed.

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Last updated June 09, 2015, at 10:00 AM by Chris