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Law and Psychology (LAW 477): Research Tips and Strategies
It can be challenging to read scholarly journal articles. The language is dense - and it can get overwhelming quickly! Watch the following (5 minute!) video to learn the best way to tackle journal articles. You will learn about the best order to read articles, how to identify the main point, and strategies for taking notes.
Database Search Tips
Databases have powerful search tools to help you get relevant results.
AND– use to specify that both words must be present. E.g. Japan AND China
OR– use to specify that either words can be present. E.g. Asia OR Asian
* – use to replace characters in the word and helps to retrieve variations of the word. The symbol used may vary from database to database. Check the help or search tips in the database. E.g. Use globali* to include words like (globalise or globalize or globalizing or globalisation or globalization).
( ) – use to specify which group of words to process first. E.g. nationalism and (Asia OR Asian)
"Phrase search" – use to specify the order of the words. E.g. “National identity”
Field search – use to specify the field that the words must appear. E.g. Nationalism in SU Subject Terms or Korea in GE Geographic Terms
Check the individual database Help page for more tools
PsycINFO Search Tips
Tip for more relevant results
Use keywords to search and identify some relevant articles
Check the Subjects used and search again using appropriate subjects. E.g. For personal attractiveness the subject used is physical attractiveness
Use Advanced Search, type the subject term e.g. physical attractiveness and change the field from Select a Field (Optional) to SU Subjects or MJ Word in Major Subject Heading
Check the Thesaurus in PsycINFO for more subject terms used
Tip to find research on a specific Group
In both Basic Search and Advanced Search, scroll down under Limit your results to find Population, select the required group, e.g. Human or Male. This is useful when the research can be done on both groups, e.g. mate selection research can be done for animals and humans and you are only interested in humans.
If you are interested in research on a specific age group, click on Age and select the appropriate one. E.g. Creativity in Subject and select Young adulthood (18-29)