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PSYC 317 - Developmental Psychology

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Steve Oberg
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Tutorial Assignment

Take this tutorial to learn about the resources available in psychology and related disciplines at Buswell library for your research project.

Psychology and Related Discipline Resources

Bible Theology Resources

Databases for Finding Social, Political, and Cultural Resources

How to Read a Scholarly Article

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Using APA PsycInfo Thesaurus

Using APA PsycInfo Thesaurus

The APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms is available in the APA PsycInfo database. Using a thesaurus allows you to create more precise searches and helps ensure that the results are on your topic not just contain key words. It also helps you search using the language of the discipline. 

Citation Mining

Citation Mining

Citation mining or searching is important because it allows you to trace research on a topic over time.  It allows you to enter into the "scholarly conversation" about a topic.   In the sciences and social sciences, science builds on the science of others.  

  • Use the references in the back of an article to look at research that informs the research of an article in-hand.
  • Use a citation database such as the Web of Science or the "cited by" link in Google Scholar to find research that was informed by the research of an article in-hand.


In Web of Science:

  1. use the times cited to trace research forward. Who has used this research to build their own research?
  2. look at the cited references to trace research backwards. What research did this researcher think was important?
  3. select related records to find related research based on shared citations. Who is doing similar research?