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Psychology subject guide

General search strategy

- Develop a list of keywords related to your topic

- Use 'AND' to join keywords in your search:
  psychology AND addiction

- Use 'OR' to search for synonyms / related concepts simultaneously:
  counselling OR therapy

- Use quotation marks " " to search for phrases (strings of more than one word):
  "substance abuse"

- Put it all together, and use parantheses ( ) to group concepts:
  Psychology AND (addiction OR "substance abuse")

- (This will search fo 'psychology and addiction' and also 'psychology and "substance abuse"')


To find journal articles

Major databases for journal articles in psychology:

To further your research, try related subject databases or multidisciplinary databases:

See all psychology databases

To find books

Search the library catalogue, CLUES

Also: try searching the APA Books database, APA Books

To find quick, background information

We have a variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc. related to psychology, and these can provide you with quick background information when getting started with your research.

Jump to:

To find scales, instruments, measurements, tests, etc.

Specialized resources

Writing and citing in APA style

The most commonly used citation style in psychology is the APA (American Psychological Association) style, which also includes guidelines for document formatting (ie, margins, page headers, etc.).

The following resources can help you get your papers into proper APA form.

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