PsycINFO provides a lot of specialized limiters on the advanced search screen: You can limit results based Tests & Measures, Methodology (empirical study or literature review, for example), and Population.
Use a different row for each different concept. Add synonyms for concepts in a box separated by the word OR (eg: college OR university).
If you need help coming up with search terms, check out the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. The link is in the upper left corner.
Some thoughts on research… Research is not a linear process. It is a matter of trying, evaluating and learning from the results, refining your strategy, trying again, and exploring possibilities. It should be fun - finding new information and thinking about what that might mean for your topic.
This list is not meant to be taken literally as a strict procedure; instead these are questions to keep in mind as you do your research.
Remember also that the librarians are here to help.
Begin your research with reference works to find background information, definitions, locate statistics and facts, and build a bibliography.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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