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PSYC 269 - Experimental Psychology

Provides an examination of the research methods of psychology and the philosophy behind their use, as well as opportunities to apply these skills in research.

Pre-Library Session Assignment

Take this tutorial to explore searching techniques for your class assignment.


Effective Search Strategies

Learn 3 search strategies, Boolean (AND, OR), quotation marks, and the asterisk/truncation symbol.

Using PsycINFO Thesaurus

Citation Searching

Citation search allows you to follow the research on a topic over time.

  • Look at the references in the back of an article to explore the research that informed a paper.
    • Previous research studies on the topic, and/or theory papers.
  • Use a database like Web of Science or Google Scholar to see papers that cite an article.
    • Search by title in Google Scholar where you will find a "cited by" link, Web of Science has a "times cited" link.

Example below:

  • The paper written in 2001 has cited papers published in 1999 and 1952
  • Two papers, one written in 2005 and the other written in 2012 have felt the 2001 paper was important and have included it in their writing.  The citation for the 2001 paper appears in their references.