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Psychology: Search Strategies

This is a guide to Psychology resources at Alkek Library.

Keywords

Looking for keywords to search with?

Try the American Psychological Association's Glossary of Psychological Terms.

Generating Keywords

Watch this video to see how to brainstorm keywords from the core concepts in your research question!

Searching PsychINFO Effectively

Search Strategies

USE THESE TRICKS to search in databases, catalogs, and on the web.

SMART SEARCH TERMS:
1. Search by keywords - main ideas only.

2. Use quotation marks to search for phrases - "fear of missing out".

3. Use Boolean searching. Use this link to see how to link keywords to find what you need.

4. Consider truncation - type creat* for results that include create, creating, creators, creation, creatures, etc.

FIND SOMETHING that's ALMOST RIGHT?
Try using the database’s subject terms - usually listed under the article abstract.

FIND TOO MUCH STUFF?
Use the database’s built in limiting features - usually on the left side of the screen - and limit by material type, date, full-text, scholarly, etc...