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PSYC 210: Experimental Research Methods and Laboratory: 3. Use a library database to discover literature

Spring 2017

Tips for Using Library Databases

Your goal in using the databases below is to find a previous experiment so you can get ideas of how to go about doing your own experiment. You can replicate a study that's already done, or come up with one of your own!

  • Try to find a very focused topic, then broaden it only if necessary.
  • To find the one or two articles you need, look at lots of articles
  • PsycINFO:   Use the "Term Finder" in PsycINFO to search for your topic, then look at the narrower terms under that broad term for more specific topics Also, limit your searches to empirical studies using the filter on the left.
  • Consider using Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts if your topic involves language in some way; see the Thesaurus for subject terms on which to search.
  • Once you find an article you like, look for *citing articles* to find other relevant articles

Relevant databases are listed below.


Core Article Databases

Google. Scholar

More Article Databases

Book-related databases