Tips for Beginning Your Search
Use Reference Sources!
One of the best ways to narrow, broaden, or find background information on a topic is to consult one of the encyclopedias listed on the back of this handout. Encyclopedia articles will give you a broad overview of you area of interest, and may provide references to other sources of reliable information.
Consult the Thesaurus in PsycINFO.
Use the Thesaurus in PsycINFO to find narrower, broader and related terms for your topic. The thesaurus also will tell you when specific terms began being used regularly in the field of psychology.
Evaluate Your Sources.
Not all articles are equal. Pay attention to details in your citations to evaluate whether they will be relevant and are from reputable, refereed, academic journals.
Ask a Librarian!
Reference Librarians are available to help you with your research. Come to the Information Desk on the main floor of Hesburgh Library, call us at 631-6258, send us an email or chat live at: http://asklib.nd.edu/. We are here to serve you. If you feel that you need more in depth assistance, contact Cheri Smith, the Psychology Librarian, at 631-4271, or firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation.