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Spark 001 (Avilla)

Library Research Guide for The Psychology of College Life


By the end of this session, you will be able to

  • identify useful search tools for locating peer-reviewed journal literature.
  • articulate key differences (advantages/disadvantages) of PsycInfo and Google Scholar.
  • create a basic, but logical, search in a database.
  • locate full-text of articles. (initially introduced in CatCourses Modules)
  • access help from librarians.

Session Outline

Introduction (5 min.)

  • inc. Review Questions
  • Where do we go for information?  What information is available to you?

Activity - Database Comparison (25 min.)

  • Database Comparison
  • Debrief Activity
    • highlight most useful functionality
    • introduction to guide with comparison chart

Selected Search Strategies (20 min.)

  • AND/OR
  • Synonyms
  • Phrase Searching
  • Try in PsycArticles
  • Review Access

Wrap-Up (10 min.)

  • Contacting a Librarian
  • Other Resources on the Guide
  • True/False Questions
  • Identify one new thing about our information environment that you didn't know before today?


Instruction & Outreach Librarian

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Olivia Olivares
Kolligian Library
KL 260
(209) 285-7742