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PSYC 325: Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships

Research Guide for PSYC 325

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Use the Search FAQs below to help you find relevant articles in this PsycINFO & PsycARTICLES search box.

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Search FAQs

1. How do I search for my research question?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words. 
  • Each book and article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make each book or article searchable
    • You want your search words to match those tags 
    • Words like impact, effects, effective, or causes are not used as tags
  • Example topic: What risk factors are associated with violence in relationships? 
    • Search: relationship* violence "risk factors"
      • relationship* searches for relationship and relationships
      • "risk factors" searches for risk factors as a phrase, not two separate words

2. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • Use options in the Refine Results sidebar to the left of your list of search hits to focus them to sources more relevant to your assignment requirements
  • Under Refine Results:
    • check the box beside Scholarly (peer-reviewed) Journals 
    • move the Publication Date scroll bar over to 2006 to present
    • check the boxes beside Journals and Academic Journals under Source Types to find research-based articles

3. 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: Articles about the risk factors for violence in relationships are tagged with the Subject intimate partner violence
    • Replace relationship* with intimate partner violence
    • New Search: "intimate partner violence" "risk factors"
      • Quotation marks around "intimate partner violence" and "risk factors" searches for them as phrases, not two separate words

4. How do I identify articles that cite an article I've chosen?

  • 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

5. 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
  • Ask Dr. McAuslan or your Psychology librarian, Nadine Anderson, for help
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