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PS3373 - Learning - Hill - Spring 2017: Library Workshop

Course guide to library workshop. Using PsycINFO to find peer-reviewed, academic journal articles for behavior modification paper.

In Class Exercise: Find 3-5 Journal Articles

Objective: In this In-class activity, you will search PsycINFO to find abstracts for 3-5 peer-reviewed journal articles using effective keywords, subject terms, and the Thesaurus. 

Save the articles you find during this session to the PsycINFO folder. At the end of the workshop, email your results to yourself, to Dr. Hill ( and to me (   


Part 1 – Brainstorm your keywords

  1. Brainstorm the words you want to search.  Ideas:
    1. Use the PsycINFO Thesaurus to find out related words that you may want to search. 
    2.  Use your textbook to generate other ideas.

Part 2 – Searching PsycINFO for academic, peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Open PsycINFO. (see link the Databases box to the right).
  2. Conduct your initial search.
  3. Limit your results:
    1. By date - past 10-15 years
    2. By Source Type - to academic journals
    3. By Population - to humans (unless your study involves training a cat or dog)
  4. Look at your results. Add relevant articles to the folder.
  5. Ask for help if you are not finding enough sources!
  6. Email your final 3-5 abstracts to yourself, Dr. Hill, and to me.  Use the email addresses listed above.  Separate the email addresses using semicolons (;).  Include your full name in the subject line.  

Note: If you find a great article that is not available full-text, ask for the article by Interlibrary Loan using the ILL article form in the box to the right.  This is a easy and quick process so I recommend it if it is necessary.

Sources for PS3373 paper

Interlibrary Loan

If our library does not have a book or article you need, St. Mary's University students, faculty and staff may order it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Don't forget to ask a librarian for help if you have questions.