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PSY 3402: Experimental and Research Methods: 4: Finding Articles
Once you have your keywords, you need to combine them in a way the database will understand. You can...
put Boolean operators between your search terms (see box below center to decide which to use)
use the other search tools (see the box below right to see how to use them)
or...use the video on the left to learn to use the database to do the work for you! Go to PsycINFO to try it out!*
*Remember you may not find articles that take all your core concepts into account...that's OK. Mix and match your terms in smaller groups to find articles that are related to your topic. Check out the video bottom right for ideas.
Searching PsycINFO Effectively
Thanks to the University of East Angola for this great video!
One Perfect Source?
Research Databases do not work like Google!
You can't just type in your question.
BUT...you can combine keywords into a "question" that the database will understand. UsingAND, OR, NOTbetween search terms will make your search waaaaay more precise. See below for some fun Venn Diagrams...
AND between two keywords will bring back less results - only those that have both keywords.
OR between two keywords will bring back more results - all those articles that have either keywords.
NOT between two keywords will bring back less results - only those articles with the first keyword, but not the second keyword.
OTHER TOOLS FOR SEARCHING:
Use quotation marks to search for phrases - "endangered birds" will bring back results that have that phrase.
Use an asterisk to get all words with a single root within results - type creat* and results will include create, creating, creators, creation, creatures, etc.
Combine keywords using AND, OR, and NOT rather than typing in your whole question. (Look left for more info.)