Choose a topic that interests youand will hold your attention. If you do, the research will be more enjoyable!
Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:
When in doubt, consult with your instructor.
Try one or all of these strategies to find more information on your topic:
#1. Change from a subject search to a keyword or default search
#2. Add different key concepts together with an OR
ex: women and depression, ex: (women or woman or females) and depression
In PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO use the Thesaurus to possibly broaden terms.
Using the online Thesaurus in the databases can also help you develop and choose a term if you are having trouble thinking of a term.
#3. Use a truncation symbol to search for a base word with all of its various endings. Please keep in mind that truncation symbols often vary in databases and search engines.
ex: comput* retrieves records containing the following words: computer, computers, computing, computerization
Examples of Concepts and Terms: Finding More (Broader) Finding Less (Narrower) and related terms.
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