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PSYC 461/561: Learning and Memory

Research Guide for PSYC 461/561

Access Library Resources Online

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.

Search PsycINFO & PsycARTICLES

Search Web of Science

Web of Science: use Web of Science to identify articles which cite one of the articles in your CogLab list of articles

  • 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

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 my research question or theory?

  • 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, benefits, effects, or causes are not used as tags
  • Example topic: Does physical exercise provide any memory benefits to elderly people?
    • Search: physical exercise memory elder*
    • elder* searches for elder, elders, and elderly 

2. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them to my assignment requirements?

  • 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:
    • peer-reviewed or scholarly articles: check the box beside Academic Journals under Source Types 
    • source type, such as journal articles, books, newspapers, or magazines
    • publication date, so you get the most recent research 
  • Example: for your research paper, you are supposed to use research-based journal articles with up to date research on your research question
    • Under Refine Results:
      • move the Publication Date scroll bar over to 2008 to present
      • check the box beside 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: The articles about physical exercise are tagged with the Subjects Physical Activity and Exercise
    • Replace physical exercise with "physical activity" OR exercise
    • "physical exercise" searches for physical exercise as a phrase, not separate words
    • Use OR to combine key concepts with their synonyms within the search box 
      • OR finds sources tagged with any of these search words/phrases
    • Use AND to combine search boxes
      • AND finds sources tagged with all of the key concepts
  • 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

4. How do I preview the abstract/summary of articles 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

5. 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

6. How do I identify Populations, Methodologies, and Tests used in my research area?

  • 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

7. 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

8. 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 thw PsycINFO Thesaurus to identify the words that PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES use to describe your research area
  • 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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