PSY 3171: Psychological Methods & Research Design

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

If you are not finding what you need in PsycInfo or are getting frustrated, use the “Choose Databases” option within the database (above the search box) to try your search in either:

  • ERIC (everything education) - Keep in mind if your research will involve children or adolescents, then ERIC may contain relevant information.
  • PsycArticles - This is a subset of PsycInfo that focuses on some, but not all, of the journals indexed by PsycInfo.

Remember if you switch databases, the search terms will follow you, but the limiters won’t. You will need to limit your searches to “peer review” and journals or journal articles.

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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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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are great for generating ideas when you are stuck on finding a topic. They are also great for helping you learn the background of a topic. The search below will lead you to a listing of those psychology encyclopedias that we have online.

Keep in mind that these are not like other encyclopedias with which you may be familiar. 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.

Online Psychology Encyclopedias

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Search Tips

No matter where you search there are techniques you can use to improve your search results.

Boolean Searching

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

AND is used to narrow a search and to combine terms.

OR is used to broaden a search and is used when a topic can be described by multiple terms, such as (juvenile or adolescent)

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

Additional Techniques

Try stemming a word by using an asterisk (*) at the end of it. This will allow you to find multiple word endings. For example, child* will find child, children, and childhood in one search.

Use quotation marks “”. Quotation marks will tie your words together making sure they stay together. For example, “peer pressure”

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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 January 25, 2016, at 01:22 PM by Chris