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Resources in the field of Psychology

SCS480 Resources

This page will provide you with some tips and tricks to make your research a breeze! If you still can't find what you need, please don't hesitate to contact the library! You can find our contact information and more on the Get Help page.

General Research Strategies:

Remember that keyword searches make your search larger! Using the limiter features in DragonQuest can be a huge help. You can find these on the left side of your search results.

Advanced Search features allow you to use Boolean operators to adjust your search settings

Boolean searching allows you to include or exclude specific terms from your search to help you more easily locate materials. This is done by using the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. These dropdowns are available at the top of your search results. A brief explanation of each Boolean operator:

  • AND – Pulls resources where all of your search terms appear. AND makes your search smaller.
  • OR – Pulls resources where one or the other or both of your search terms appear. Using OR makes your search larger.
  • NOT – Excludes a word from your search. Using NOT makes your search smaller.

Using a series of dropdown menus, you can also select which specific fields of an item’s record that you want to search, such as title or author.

Research on the Web

When browsing the web for information, consider the following search strategies:

  • Search for "community resources" and the name of your city, county, and state through a search engine like Google
  • Search social media platforms for groups and pages in your area
  • Locate government (.gov) websites for your city, county, and state
  • Consider public entities (schools, churches, shelters, food pantries, and other non-profit organizations). Review their websites and/or visit office locations locally (They are often happy to provide information!)


Recommended Reading:

Helpful Tutorials

Try these guides as you're working through your research in this class:

APA Style Help

If you'd like additional guidance on using Academic Writer, we recommend the following tutorial: