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Psychology Research Guide: Home

Psychology-specific guide to finding resources for assignments in psychology. This guide covers how to build a research strategy and recommends useful databases. It also provides tips for evaluating web sites.


This Research Guide will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Brainstorming terms
  • Organizing terms into concepts
  • Searching the library catalog
    • Tips for refining your search
    • What is the screen telling me?
  • Searching databases
    • Tips for refining your search
    • Download, e-mail, or print?
  • Using Google Effectively
  • Criteria for website evaluation
  • In Conclusion


Are you comfortable with information research?  For some of you, this may feel like a new experience.  In reality, we need information every day.  How do you find the statistics on your favorite sport?  How do you find the recipe for tandoori chicken?  How do you decide what car to buy?  These are just examples of information needs we encounter in our lives.

In college, you may have class assignments that require you to gather information, analyze what you learn, and draw some conclusions.  In the beginning, it seems like a big job. This guide will provide tips to help you find information.  Use the tabs above to organize your information gathering process and become a successful library researcher.

First lesson:  it's okay to ask for help.  Librarians work to make information available to students.  We love to help you find the information you need and we love to show you how it's done.  Just ask!

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