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PSY 585 — Neuropsychology

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Caroline Bordinaro


Concepts and Questions for Beginning Research

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles Online

Finding Books in the library

Finding quality websites

For more detailed help, download our LIBRARY GUIDES (.doc format)

Concepts and Questions for Beginning Research
  • Where to Start?
      • What's your research question?
      • What information do you need to find?
  • Who cares about the same information? (e.g.: researchers, historians, government, etc.)
      • What kind of information do they need?
      • Where would they get it?
  • What resource are you currently using? Why is it important to know?
      • Is there a better tool for the job?
      • Are you using it in the most efficient/effective way?
  • Types of information available
      • Books
      • Articles from journals, magazines and newspapers
      • Websites
      • Newsletters
      • Reports
  • Terms you need to know before searching for articles
    • DATABASE: An organized collection of information, especially electronic information.
    • ONLINE JOURNAL INDEX: A database that contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles e.g: Academic Search Premier
    • JOURNAL (also SCHOLARLY JOURNAL): Scholarly publication, articles usually reviewed by experts in the field before publication; published for an academic audience; narrow focus; deeply researched e.g.; American Journal of Psychology
    • MAGAZINE: Publication of general interest: popular interest and broad subjects (e.g: Psychology Today)
    • ABSTRACT: a brief summary of the main content of an article
    • FULL TEXT: the complete article. Click on the FindItCSUDH button to see if the Full Text is available.
    • CITATION: the basic information you need to find the full text of an article. Includes author, article title, date, title of publication, and volume/issue.

  • Search Concepts - creating an effective search
    • Take your research question and circle the "important words" (keywords).
    • Think of at least three synonyms for each keyword.
    • Use these words in various combinations to get a good result (between 10-45 results is optimal).
    • Click here for more search tips.

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles Online

Online indexes must be accessed through the CSUDH library homepage (library.csudh.edu). Select Journal Articles & Electronic Resources; You may either browse by subject area or go to your favorite resource using the Alphabetical List.

NOTE: These are subscription online journal indexes, selected and provided specifically for CSUDH students. To access from home, please see our How to Log in to the Databases from Off-Campus guide for instructions.

Recommended PSYCHOLOGY and LIFE SCIENCES indexes:

  • PsycINFO: The premier online collection of psychology literature. Indexes psychology journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations.
  • ProQuest Medical Library: Over 1,235 titles in its clinical and biomedical journal collection, with more than 1,080 medical titles in full text with abstracts and indexing from the well-known MEDLINEŽ database.  The database includes all charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to medical research. 
  • ScienceDirect: The full text collection of over 1.5 million articles from 1995 to present covers a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines.
  • Biological Abstracts: Complete collection of bibliographic references covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,000 journals internationally. This database contains nearly 7.7 million archival records from as far back as 1969.
  • Medline: The most comprehensive citation database for medicine and health. Developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Springer Link: Provides electronic access to a vast and growing collection of scholarship, including behavioral science, biomedical and life sciences, and medicine.
  • Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS): Contains journal literature in the fields of post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder, any psychiatric disorder associated with exposure to a traumatic event, mental health services to a traumatized population, and issues of professional ethics, scientific methodology, or public policy relating to traumatized populations.
  • CINAHL: Primary resource for nursing and allied health journals.

These are general databases, not specifically psychology-related, but very good for information on health and current news:

  • Academic Search Premier*: Our most popular general index. Many full-text articles. Easy search and retrieval. Many older articles.
  • ProQuest Databases*: Excellent multi-subject index, with many full-text articles. Very easy to search.
  • WilsonWeb OmniFile Full-Text Mega*: Another multi-subject index. Lots of full-text.

*To limit search to peer-reviewed journals only, look for check box next to Peer-Reviewed, Scholarly Journals, or Academic Journals on database search screen (may be in Advanced Search)

APA Citation Style

This comprehensive guide from the librarians at CSULA will help you use the APA citation style.

Not sure how to search? Use our How To Find Articles help page for assistance.

Search Tips:

  • Combining keywords
    • 1. AND: acrophobia AND flying AND medication
      2. OR: bulimia OR anorexia
      3. NOT: dementia NOT alzheimer's
  • Phrase searching: "Burrhus Frederic Skinner", "Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale"
  • Advanced Search: Use this frequently to determine your search options. This will save you TIME and FRUSTRATION!
  • Remember, the more words you use to search or the more limits you place on a search, the fewer results you will get. (How can you get more results?)
  • Always use the Print and Save functions embedded within the screen. It is usually not a good idea to use the File-Print or File-Save As functions in the upper left hand corner of the browser.
  • Use the online HELP screens - they really are helpful!

Finding Books in the library

Go to TOROFIND: the CSUDH Library Catalog and search on the title, author, subject or keyword. Look not only for that specific call number, but also check out the books in that section. This is the best way to find older government documents and technical reports.

  • If you don't see the right item listed, or want more titles, try an on a few keywords (in separate boxes).
  • The item you want may not be a book. It may be some other kind of document, or it may be on microfilm.
  • If you don't find what you need, ask a reference librarian. 

Try our e-Books collection:

  • eBooks from EBSCO: Thousands of web-based titles on a variety of subjects.
  • eBrary: Comprehensive electronic books collection on a wide variety of titles.

Finding quality websites

These are indexes to quality web sites that have been reviewed by librarians. The sites have been checked for accuracy, timeliness, stability, and will generally conform to the standards of academic research. However, please be judicious in the use of websites in general, because anybody can put anything on the web.

  • Scirus: The most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 440 million science-specific Web pages. See more at http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/aboutus/.
  • Infomine (infomine.ucr.edu): A project from the Univeristy of California and other universities, it is a searchable index of websites specifically appropriate for university research. Click on SocSci & Humanities to search their specialized index.
  • Internet Public Library (www.ipl.org): Index of websites reviewed by librarians, geared toward the general public. Choose a topic from the index or use Advanced Search to search for keywords.
  • Evaluating Information on the Web: This is a very good checklist from the Pasadena City College Library for judging the quality of not only information on the Internet, but any information you may want to use for an assignment.

For more detailed help, download our LIBRARY GUIDES (.doc format)