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PSYC 5343-Counseling Research

General Information for Students

Resources - Books, catalogs and databases
Search Tips
Following APA style rules

Access:

NSU John Vaughan Library Web Page: http://library.nsuok.edu/index.html

NSU Broken Arrow Library: http://library.nsuok.edu/nsuba/index.html

Resources

Books (Catalogs for finding)

Search the NSU Libraries' Online Catalog: http://library2.nsuok.edu/

Here are some of the subject headings used in the catalog(there are a total of 115 subject headings related to psychology): acting out (psychology), adolescent psychology, clinical psychology, anxiety testing, attitude (psychology) testing, cognitive psychology, experience, genetic psychology, human behavior, humanistic psychology, instinct, orientation (psychology), perception, thought and thinking

Search for E-Books using EBSCO e-books collection: http://library.nsuok.edu/Refdesk/vrdbks.html

If you need an item that NSU doesn't own, you can order it through our ILLiad system.

Journal and Magazine Article Databases

In PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO, you can limit the search by methodology. I recommend you do this ONLY if you seem to be getting more articles that are not true experimental design than are true experimental design. In other words, this is a limiter - it will limit what you get back. For example, if an author has not "marked" the type of methodology you've chosen (or the journal publisher doesn't submit that info to the database) you may filter out perfectly good true experimental design articles. Use this limiter sparingly...but, any of these methodologies may be 'true experimental' design: Empirical Study, Experimental Replication, Followup Study, Quantitative Study and Treatment Outcome/Clinical Trial.

Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."

ERIC - This is another database produced by EbscoHost. ERIC stands for the Educational Resource Information Center. It contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. ERIC contains a thesaurus, which can be very helpful in figuring out which search terms to use when looking for information.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This databasealso contains more than 200 educational reports.

PsycARTICLES - a definitive source of searchable full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 40,000 articles from 53 journals - 45 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 8 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1985 to present.

PsycINFO - PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains more than 2 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. 97 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in more than 25 languages. Contains a thesaurus.

Social Science Full Text - Social Sciences Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles of at least one column in length from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere plus the full text of selected periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals. Abstracting coverage begins with periodicals published in January 1994. Abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full text coverage begins in January 1995.

Go to all EbscoHost databases

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Other Databases

Mental Measurements Yearbook - Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute, contains fulltext information about and reviews of all English-language standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks. This database product contains data from Yearbooks 9 through 15.

For each test, the database provides the name of the test author, publication information, scoring information, and the number of the Mental Measurements Yearbook in which the test was described originally. The full text for each record includes an overview of the test, a description of the test materials and time needed, and one or more reviews of the test.

The database can be used by professionals such as counselors, guidance workers, psychologists, personnel directors, and educators.

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Search Tips

1. Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. Use a thesaurus if the database is equipped with one.

2. Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Even experienced researchers (like professors and librarians!) can have trouble when dealing with a new interface. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!

3.  Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching.  Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exlude.  Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results.  For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...

Click here for a search string generator that will help you develop an effective search query!

4. Take advantage of the following sources of help:

- NSU Library Tutorials

- Reference On Call at JVL is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday by reference librarians or other experienced library staff members.

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Following APA style rules

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing.

Important Note: There is a new citation format for articles found online. The biggest change is including the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) at the end of the citation instead of: Retrieved on date from name of database.

If there is no DOI listed (look on the item record and the first & last page of the article), replace that with Retrieved from name of database.

Print:

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.

Print:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve. ( BF76.7 .P83 2001)

Websites:

www.apastyle.org

Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.

APA Style.org's Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated: January 26, 2012