Tips from the Librarian
This library research guide will help you find peer-reviewed journal articles required for your Psychology Research paper.
Empirical - primary articles where researchers collected, analyzed data. Has methods or research design section.
Literature review - secondary articles that utilize other researcher data or work. Usually has very high number of citations.
Finding Journal Articles
PsycArticles - This database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. You can limit to empirical or literature articles under Methodology
Academic Search Premier - Research database on all subjects, including psychology. Provides full-text for news, magazine, and academic/scholarly journal articles
PubMed - National Institutes of Health database for biomedical literature, check out the free, full-text articles. You can limit to Review articles, human, and free-full-text
***Library databases are available off-campus 24/7 and for free with your LancerPoint login***
- Brainstorm keywords and synonyms instead of a full sentence
- Use AND/OR/NOT between concepts (ex. Asperger syndrome AND social cues)
- Put quotations around your terms for exact searches ("autism spectrum")
- Limit search terms to the title
- Use * for word variants (educat* = educator, education, etc.)