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PSYC 363 - Cognitive Psychology

Research Guide for PSYC 363

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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.

Search PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES for peer-reviewed journal articles

Use the Search FAQs below to help you find relevant articles in this PsycINFO & PsycARTICLES search box. You can also use Advanced Search for more complex searches.

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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. How do I search for articles about my research question?

  • Identify the main ideas/keywords of your topic and use those as your search words
  • Each article in a database has assigned tags that represent their main ideas: words or shorts phrases about their main concepts that make each book or article searchable
    • You want your search words to match those tags 
    • Words like impactbenefits, effects, or causes are not used as tags
  • Example topic: What causes eyewitnesses to make mistakes in cross-race identification? 
    • Search: eyewitness memory rac*
    • rac* searches for race, races, racial, and racism

2. How do I search for my CogLab theory?

  • Identify the main ideas of your topic and use those as your search words. 
  • Example CogLab experiment: experiment studying the Stroop Effect
    • Search: "stroop effect"
    • "stroop effect" in quotation marks searches for stroop effect as a phrase, not separate words

3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them to my assignment requirements and research interest areas?

  • Use options in the Refine Results sidebar to the left of your search hits to focus them to sources more relevant to your assignment needs and more specific research areas of interest
  • You can focus your search hits to:
    • Academic Journals to focus to articles from peer-reviewed journals
    • Source Types, such as journal articles, books, newspapers, or magazines
    • Publication Date, so you get the most recent research 
    • Subject: Major Heading, to focus to your interest areas
  • Example: for your lab report, you are supposed to use research-based journal articles with up to date researchUnder Refine Results:
    • check the box beside Academic Journals 
    • move the Publication Date scroll bar over to 2014 to present
    • check the boxes beside Journals and Academic Journals under Source Types to find research-based articles

4. How do I know my search words match the tags assigned to articles about my research question?

  • As you scroll through the search hits, look at the assigned Subjects (tags), and see if they match your search words 
  • Example: The articles about eyewitness identification are tagged with the Subject Witnesses
    • Replace eyewitness with witnesses in your search
    • New Search: witnesses AND identification AND rac*
  • Subjects (tags) also help you identify the specific issues around your topic so you can give it direction and develop it into a focused research question.

5. How do I preview the abstract/summary of an article from the list of search results?

  • Click on the title link to open the full article record, which includes the article abstract and other information about the article such as author affiliation and citation information

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

  • Look for pdf Full Text or HTML Full Text links
  • Click on the Check 360 Link for Full Text link to see if this article is available to read in other library databases

7. How do I identify the areas to which my CogLab theory is applied? How do I focus the search hits to cognitive psychology or a more specific research area that interests me? 

Under the Refine Results sidebar:

  • Click on Subject: Major Heading or Subject to see a shortlist of specific subjects or research areas studied
    • Click on Show More at the bottom of the shortlist list to open the full list of subjects or research areas studied
    • Check the boxes beside the subjects or research areas to which you want to focus your search hits
  • Click on Classification to see a shortlist of Psychology classifications studied
    • Click on Show More at the bottom of the shortlist list to open the full list of psychology classifications studied
    • Check the boxes beside Cognitive Psychology classifications to focus your search hits to Cognitive Psychology research areas

8.  How do I identify Populations, Methodologies, and Tests used to assess my CogLab theory?

Under the Refine Results sidebar:

  • click on Methodology to see a list of methodologies used 
  • click on Age, Gender, and Population to see a list of populations studied
  • click on Tests & Measures to see a list of tests and measures used

9. How can I tell if an article I'm reading is an Empirical Study article or a Review article?

  • Search for the article title in the above PsycINFO/PsycARTICLES search box
  • Click on the Article Title in the search results (NOT the Full Text online links) to open the full record for the article. 
  • Scroll down to the Methodology heading in the article record
    • If the methodologies listed are Empirical Study and/or Quantitative Study, it's an empirical study 
    • If the methodologies listed are Systematic Review and/or Meta Analysis and/or Literature Review, it's a review study

10. How do I identify articles that cite an article I've chosen or that's in my CogLab list of articles?

Web of Science: use the Web of Science database to identify articles that cite your article:

  • Enter your article title and select Title from the dropdown menu by the search box
  • Look for Times Cited: # to the right of your search hits - click on the number to get a list of articles that have cited your article 
  • Click on Full Text from Publisher to read the article

11. I can't find anything on my research question. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that PsycINFO or PsycARTICLES has assigned to books and articles on your research question
    • Use the PsycINFO Thesaurus to identify the words that PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES use to describe your disorders or topics
  • 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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