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Finding Sources

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  • Brainstorming Keywords

    When searching for appropriate sources and references for your research project, the easiest way to find related articles is to first brainstorm the keywords that you will use to search in databases like PsychInfo or PsychArticles.

    1. What is your research question? (e.g., "Are people who suffer from depression more likely to engage in substance abuse?"
    2. First Concept: Identify one of the key concepts from your topic (e.g., "depression") and write it down. Are there other words (synonyms) that could be used for that concept (e.g., "mental illness")? Make a note of those as well
    3. Second Concept: Identify another key concept from your topic (e.g., "substance abuse") and write it down. Are there other words (synonyms) that could be used for that concept (e.g., "drug abuse, alcoholism")? Make a note of those as well.
    4. Third Concept: Is there a third key concept from your topic? If there is, write it down with any synonyms. 
    5. Do any of your words require truncation(e.g., "resistant", "resistance", -> "resistan*")
    6. Use the words you wrote down to fill in the blanks like exemplified below and construct your search.

    Depression

    OR

    Mental Illness

    AND

    Substance Abuse

    OR

    Drug Abuse 

    OR

    Alcoholism

    AND

     


     

    OR

     


     

     

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