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Writing 101 (Silbaugh)

Writing Discipline: Psychology

CREDO Reference for Background Information

CREDO Reference is a collection of online reference books. 

  • The CREDO Reference collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks across a variety of subjects.
  • Search over 1,000 book titles with 3 million+ full-text articles.
  • It is an excellent resource for locating background information to start your research. 
  • Additional features include topic pages, images, and a Mind map for related topics.
  • Citations are available in APA, Chicago, Harvard and MLA formats.
  • Permalinks are available for all entries/articles.
  • Think of CREDO Reference as an academic version of Wikipedia.

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Look for Disciplinary Information

Step 1: Search in CREDO Reference. Sample Phrase Search "development psychology".


Step 2: On the results lists, skim available Articles. In this search tool, articles are definitions, essays, and book articles (NOT scholarly articles)


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Alternate Search using Phrase Searching and Boolean Operators:  "sports psychology" AND (history or origin)


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3. Limit your search results by using filters located across the top of the page.  Filters may include Subject and Length.


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4. Click on an Article title, to view a source.


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5. Scroll to the bottom of the Article to retrieve an APA citation which will include a permanent hyperlink. This option is also available under Citation at the top of the Article.


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