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PSYC / CRJ 440: Abnormal Psychology

Research Guide for PSYC/CRJ 440/540

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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 articles about the disorders I diagnosed?

  • 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, factors, effects, effective, or causes are not used as tags
  • Example disorder: conduct disorder
    • Search: "conduct disorder" 
    • Put a phrase in quotation marks to search for its words together, not as separate words
      • "conduct disorder" searches for conduct disorder as a phrase, not separate words

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

  • Use Refine Results on the sidebar of your search hits to focus them to sources more relevant to your assignment needs
  • You can focus your search hits to:
    • Academic Journals to focus to articles from peer-reviewed journals
    • publication date, so you get the most current research 
    • Subject: focus to the specific aspects of the disorder you need for your paper, like diagnosis or risk factors
  • Example: for your research paper, you are supposed to use scientific journal articles with up to date research 
    • Under Refine Results:
      • check the box beside Scholarly (peer-reviewed) Journals 
      • move the Publication Date scroll bar over to 2000 to present
      • under Subject, click on Show More and select risk factors 

3. How do I focus my search hits to specific risk factors or symptoms depicted in the film? 

  • Add the symptom or risk factor to your search words using AND
    • AND searches for articles tagged with all of the words/phrases that AND combines
  • Example: How does family life impact the conduct disorder?
    • Search: "conduct disorder" AND famil*
      • *famil searches for family and families

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 list of search hits includes articles tagged with Family and articles tagged with Parent. They are used interchangeably.
    • Add Famil* or Parent* to your search to get articles that are tagged with either 
  • 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 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

6. I can't find anything on my disorder. What should I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your disorder 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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