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Psychology 105 General Psychology: Pretz, Jean


Choose a topic that interests youand will hold your attention. If you do, the research will be more enjoyable!

The Research Assignment

Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
  • Is currency of information important?

When in doubt, consult with your instructor.

Find More Results - Expand Your Search

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. 


Key Concept Additional Terms Type of Term

Human Beings
Battered Women
Working Women

Broader term
Broader term
Narrower term
Narrower term
Depression Postpartum Depression
Emotional States
Narrower term
Broader term
Development Human Development
Narrower term
Related term