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Psychology Research Guide: Search the Library Catalog

Tools & Tips for Psychology Research

What is this page for?

This page gives some examples of how to search in OneSearch, the SVC library catalog.

  • In the catalog, you can look for ALL of our resources at once. It's like Google for the library. 
  • In the results, you will see not only items that are physically in the library like books and DVDs, but online ones as well, like eBooks, online articles from databases, open access and peer-reviewed articles. 
  •  Because you see so many results, OneSearch can be overwhelming so this may NOT be ideal as your first place to look. You might first try a database search instead

Searching the Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to find books, ebooks, dvds, or other materials in the library. Search by subject, (key) word, title, or author (last name first). 

When searching by (key) word, the computer looks anywhere for the individual words you provided.  Sometimes it is useful to start with a keyword search for a broader search, but it is less precise and gives unpredictable results.

Example: Behaviorism  (this term is searched word-by-word in title, subject, and notes fields as if joined by OR)

When searching by subject, the computer looks for matches in the subject field.  Subject terms are predetermined words and phrases assigned to books, ebooks, and other library materials.  The search results are better, but users often do not know the correct subject terms.

Example:   Behaviorism (Psychology) (this term is searched as an exact phrase in the subject field only)

Librarians often start with a (key) word search to find an appropriate source, then examine the subject terms assigned to the item.  Then they redo the search using the subject terms.

Try a search below!

Quick search for books, videos, and other library materials


OneSearch Video Tutorial

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