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Psyc 2015 - Research Methods: Tips for Better Searching

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Below are some tips to improve your searching:

    • Get familiar with the databases in your subject area and what each offers.  Start with the list of databases in your field.

  • Use quote marks to search for a phrase.  Example:  "cognitive function".  It doesn't work in all databases, but it does in many.

  • Search for all parts of your topic.  For example, if you are searching for the effect of mass medio on violence, do an advanced search that lets you combine "mass media" and "violence" in one search, rather than doing a single word search for "violence" or "media".

  • PsycInfo offers a lot of useful features.  One is the limiit by methodology, and here are definitions of the available methodologies.

  • Peer-reviewed articles are ones that are considered scholarly and that usually your professor will accept as a scholarly source.

  • When in one of the article databases, use the "FindIt @ GT" button to see if the Library has access to the full text in either electronic or print form.

  • If the Library doesn't have access to the article you are looking for, you may request the article through Interlibrary Loan.