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PSYC 498: Honors Seminar

Research Guide for Honors Seminar

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 Summon to search the library's entire collection of articles, books, DVDs and more

SUMMON 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, effect, or factors are not used as tags
  • Example topic: What is the impact of exercise on the mood states of depressed patients?
    • Search words: exercise mood depression

2. I have too many search hits. How do I find what I need for my assignment? 

  • Use Refine Your Search on the sidebar in Summon search results to focus your hits so they're more relevant to your assignment needs
  • You can focus your search hits to:
    • peer-reviewed or scholarly articles
    • content type, such as journal articles, books, newspapers, or magazines
    • discipline, sources relevant to specific disciplines
    • subject terms, to help you focus your topic and sources to specific subject areas of interest
    • publication date, so you get the most recent research 
    • language, such as just English articles
  • Example: for your Psychology assignments, you should use peer-reviewed, scholarly sources and books and articles with up to date research:
    • Under Refine Your Search: 
      • check Books/ebooks under Content Type to find scholarly books
      • check Peer Review and then Journal Article under Content Type to find peer-reviewed articles
      • check Psychology under Discipline to focus search hits to sources relevant to Psychology
    • Under Publication Date:
      • move the scroll bar over to 2008 to present to focus search hits to sources with up-to-date research

3. 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 Summon has 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 topic areas that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags 
    • 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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