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PSYC 212: Research Methods in Psychology: Finding Articles

Guidance for finding research and research methods in psychology

Translating Your Question into Database Language

Subject: Database's vocabulary (different for each database)

Keyword: Your vocabulary

LImiters: Special to each database ("Age Group" below)

How questions are translated into database language using keywords, subject terms, and special limiters

Databases use a grammar of AND, OR, AND NOT -- a language of mathematics. No prepositions, verbs, determiners, affixes  -- anything you learned in English or human language classes.

Finding Citations in PsycINFO


Use drop down menus for author or journal. Use Date to limit to the last few years or a particular year.

search fields in psycinfo advanced search: author, pub title, date, doc type, methods

Psychology Databases

These databases are the ones you should use to start your search for research articles.

Sage Research Foundations

Various types of graphs: bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, etc

Search Journal Titles

Find journals and newspapers subscribed to by St. Thomas. Enter all or the beginning of the title (e.g., New York Times or Harvard).

Other Psychology Databases

These databases also include resources covering Psychology topics.

LibrarySearch - Audio search