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Writing 101 (Silbaugh)

Writing Discipline: Psychology

Guide Purpose

This guide will provide information to support your research endeavors for Writing 101. 

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Getting Started

To prepare for today’s session

1. Log in to the computer (or use your own).

  • Computer Account: Library User
  • Password: UCML
  • Open a browser and ensure you are online.


By the end of this class you will be able to:

  • access key databases for the psychology field.
  • find scholarly articles using effective search strategies & database functionality.
  • generate APA citations from PsycInfo.
  • use known item searching to locate additional literature.
  • access articles through the Get it UC button and/or Interlibrary Loan.
  • locate ongoing assistance for your research needs.


1. Welcome (5 min.)

  • class outline

2. Database for Psychology | Keywords (15 min.)

  • PsycInfo vs. PsycArticles
  • review basic strategies
  • Activity: PsycInfo for Keywords

3. Search Strategies in Databases (30 min.)

  • recommended databases
  • finding databases
  • additional strategies (fields, methodology, thesaurus)
  • Activity: Trying additional databases.

4. Find Known Items (20 min.)

  • Google Scholar
  • UC Library Search
  • LibKey Nomad
  • Get it at UC button
  • Interlibrary Loan

5. Review, Questions, Contact a Librarian (10 min.)

  • review questions
  • other questions?
  • contact info
  • debrief session

Library Instructor

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Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
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