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Psychology 271

Resources for PSY 271

These suggested resources correspond to the topics for Dr. Moen's Psychology 271 course (Fall 2021).

Suggested Search Terms

Try a combination of the following terms in PsycInfo:

  • Note taking AND academic success
  • Note taking AND experience
  • Note taking strategies
  • College note taking
  • Theories of note taking
  • DE "Note Taking" - NOTE: This will search the official subject term "note taking"

There is no one perfect search. Play with combinations of these concepts and look at the Thesaurus in PsycInfo for related terms. If you get stuck, please ask! 


Building Your Search

Boolean Operators

Search terms are joined with words called Boolean operators. These are in all caps. If you use the Advanced Search option in PsycInfo, you can set options on the left hand side, between boxes. 

OR: Using OR expands your results - results have either term or both: Overlapping circles with the words acceptance and defensiveness. There are no borders between the terms

AND: Using AND narrows results - results only have both terms: Two overlapping circles with feedback on one and credibility on the other. An arrow points to just the overlapping area.

NOT: Using NOT excludes a term. This is used less frequently. Use it if there is one word that refers to multiple concepts and you only want a specific concept.

Choosing a Boolean Operator

When do you use which term?

  • Join synonyms with OR. Ex: children OR adolescents OR juveniles OR teenagers 
  • Join different search terms/concepts with AND. Ex: Children AND note taking
  • Narrow in your search with NOT. Ex: Children NOT adolescents

Combine these search strategies and terms to make your search. You can use parentheses to group terms together. Ex: (children OR adolescents) AND (note taking OR study strategies)

Search Tips

  • Use quotation marks to search a phrase. Ex: "note taking" Try both with and without quotes, as searching "note taking" might exclude "note-taking"
  • Check your spelling! 
  • Try synonyms - a thesaurus can be helpful. Remember, there's one built into PsycInfo
  • THERE IS NO PERFECT SEARCH. If you don't get the results you want with the first terms you try, try other options and other combinations. 


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Key Databases in Psychology

Linking to Full Text Articles

Watch this video to learn how to locate full-text articles from a database citation. Note that Full Text Finder is no longer used. You will now see "Click Here to Check for Full Text".