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Psychology Graduate Workshop: Literature Reviews: Search Tips

Search Tips

You can find keywords in several ways:

1) Brainstorm words that are related to the words in your search; e.g.:

  • education
  • high school
  • middle school
  • students

2) Look for words that databases use as controlled vocabulary (in PsycINFO, find this using the Thesaurus tool):

Example

Finding a Known Item

You found a reference in a bibliography and you want to locate the original item.  Here are some suggestions.

Accessing Full-Text

Click Get it at UC to easily find the full-text of a resource. 

If we do not have it full-text in our collection, you will have an option to Request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at no cost to you.

Get it at UC button

Note: During fall 2021, you may still see the UC-eLinks button instead of Get it at UC.  Both buttons are designed to connect you to information sources.