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PSYC 381: Principles of Statistics & Experimental Design

PSYC 381 course research guide

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Trying to access library resources online? Follow the instructions on the Online Access to Library Resources page to access library databases, articles, and ebooks, both on-campus and off-campus.

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Search FAQs

Check out the library's self-paced tutorial How do I search library databases? to learn the basics of database searches.

1. What is Mardigian Search and why should I use it?

  • Mardigian Search is the library's Discovery search box, which looks through all of the library's databases at once.
  • Mardigian Search is great for:
    • finding out what's been studied in your research area
    • finding sources about interdisciplinary topics
  • Check out the library's self-paced tutorial What are library databases and why should I use them? for more information

2. How do I search for my topic?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like factors, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • Example: you are looking for articles that discuss the relationship between educational achievement and economic status
    • Search: "educational achievement" AND "economic status"
    • Quotation marks around "educational achievement" search for it as a phrase, not separate words
    • AND tells the database to search for articles tagged with BOTH of these concepts

3. I'm looking for a specific article or book. How do I find out if the library has it?

  • Enter the title into the search box, removing all punctuation

4. How do I focus my search results to articles published in peer-reviewed journals in the last 10 years?

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
    • Check Peer Review
    • Check Journal article under Content Type
  • Click on 10 Years under Publication Date

5. I have a lot of irrelevant articles in my list of search hits. How do I focus them to my interest areas?

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • Under Discipline check disciplines that are relevant to your research and this course, which could include:
    • psychology
    • public health
    • social sciences
    • sociology and social history
  • Under Subject Terms check subjects that interest you to focus your search results to your specific research areas of interest
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags(subjects)
    • Click on Quick Look below the article title
    • Look at its assigned Subjects (tags) 
    • Add any relevant Subjects to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research topics and search for books and articles for them

6. How do I preview the abstract/summary of articles in the list of search hits?

  • Click on Quick Look below the article title

7. How do I access the article so I can read the whole thing?

  • Click on Full Text Online
  • Look for pdf Full Text or HTML Full Text links

8. I can't find anything on my topic. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that have been assigned to books and articles on that topic
    • Look through the Subject Terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and check the boxes beside the subject terms that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned Subjects
    • Add any relevant tags to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research questions and search for articles about your specific research questions 
  • There may not be research tying your main ideas together yet
    • Try searching for your main ideas separately and linking their findings together
  • If you've found one article that's relevant for your topic, look through the sources in its References list to see if any of them are also relevant to your research
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