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PSYC 3213 Psychology as a Career and Profession: Articles/Databases

Search Tips for Databases

  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 (see YouTube video below). 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....
  4. Take advantage of the following sources of help:

  5. College of Education Resource Coordinator: Sarah Burkhead Whittle. Use the information on the right sidebar to contact me with a question or to schedule a one-on-one reference session.

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

Useful Databases

Scholarly vs. Trade vs. Popular

Visit this LibGuide from University of Wisconsin River Falls for a more detailed look at differences between scholarly, trade, and popular publications.

Your Librarian

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Sarah Burkhead Whittle
John Vaughan Library 214D