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Biological Psychology

Getting to Know Your Topic

Finding Articles


1. Start with keyword searching on the main screen.  Enter keywords that describe your topic. 

    Search tips to remember:       

    • Brainstorm alternate keywords (synonyms) for your concepts. Connect synonyms with OR. Example: stress or anxiety; women or female; "academic achievement" or "educational achievement"
    • Use * for truncation. Example: therap* retrieves therapy, therapies, therapeutic, etc.
    • Use " " for phrase searching. Example: "obsessive compulsive disorder"

2. Browse through your results.  Click on any article that looks relevant to see more information about it.  Read the abstract, summarizing the article. 

As you look through your results, use them to your advantage.

    • What other words could you use in your next search?  Look in the title, keywords, and abstract sections of relevant article records.
    • What subjects could you use?  Each article has been assigned subjects that describe the content of the article.  The subject of one article should lead you to more like it. 
    • When you find a useful article, don't forget to look at its reference list.  Is there anything there you might be able to use?

How do I get the full text of my article?

To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

- If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

- If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

- If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

Citing Your Sources

  • For information on APA Style, see the APA Citation Guide
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