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Psychology 490 - Senior Capstone: Traditions of Psychology

This course-specific guide features resources that may help you with your final paper assignment.


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Finding Empirical Articles in PsycInfo

Core Psychology Journals

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Basic steps of an effective search strategy

Step 1: Focus on your research topic 

  • Think about research questions or hypotheses
  • Identify individual variables or key concepts from your research question 
  • Brainstorm key terms for search (identify synonyms and related terms to broaden your search)

Step 2. Identify appropriate databases in Databases A-Z

  • Understand the scope and size of various databases germane to psychology
  • Explore database features and use limiters
  • Apply various search techniques such as Boolean operators, parenthesis, phrase searching, truncation

Step 3: Review and evaluate your results

  • Identify one relevant article to look for other key terms/descriptors within the article record for additional search 
  • Use bibliography/references at the end of the article to identify related sources

Find peer-reviewed articles in Psychology databases

Encyclopedia & Reference eBooks

What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

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