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Conducting a Search of the Literature. Your First Writing Assignment. Your First Assignment. Search the literature on effects of physical attractiveness. Find 5-10 good references. Obtain the original works and save them on paper or in electronic format. Prepare an APA-Style Reference List.

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conducting a search of the literature

Conducting a Search of the Literature

Your First Writing Assignment

your first assignment
Your First Assignment
  • Search the literature on effects of physical attractiveness.
  • Find 5-10 good references.
  • Obtain the original works and save them on paper or in electronic format.
  • Prepare an APA-Style Reference List.
  • Due at 1 PM on Friday the 20th of May.
  • For more details, go here.
outline of a literature search
Outline of a Literature Search
  • Read Chapter 6 in Martin.
  • Pose your question in plain English.
  • “What are the psychological effects of a person’s being physically attractive?”
  • Go to PsychInfo
  • Click on the video icon there for an introduction to PsychInfo.
  • Click on PsychInfo to enter.
narrowing the search
Narrowing the Search
  • The thesaurus gives you key words to use, later, in your search.
  • It may also help you narrow your search.
  • For example,
    • Effect of Clothing
    • Effect of Facial Features
  • Such narrowing of topic is often necessary.
assorted tips
Assorted Tips
  • Searching for physical attractiveness targets any article with both the word physical and the word attractiveness.
  • This is identical to searching for physical and attractiveness.
  • Wild cards can be used – for example, attract* would target attractiveness, attraction, and so on.
  • Searching for “physical attractiveness” would target only pages with that exact phrase. I got 3,371 results.
too many results
Too Many Results
  • 3,371 results ! Hmm, may need to narrow the search, eh?
  • Cursor over the magnifying glass, see the abstract.
  • Click the title to see more details.
  • Click “Find It” or “PDF Full Text” to obtain the full text of the article.
  • Very cool.
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Wow !
  • We hit pay dirt here, 203 review articles.
  • Review articles can lead to many more good references
  • And help you relate your topic to current and past theories.
add to folder
Add to Folder
  • You can add references to a folder by simply clicking on “Add to folder.”
  • Later you can apply an action to all of the references you have added to that folder.
  • Click on “Go to Folder View” to display the contents of the folder.
  • On the next slide, a folder with five references.
relate two constructs
Relate Two Constructs
  • Your research is almost certainly going to involve the relationship between two or more constructs.
  • Search for articles that include one AND another TOPIC.
  • Try “Physical Attractiveness” and “Social Desirability.”
  • Try Physical Attractiveness and “Impression Formation.”
play with it
Play With It
  • You cannot break it.
  • Play with it, you will learn lots of useful little tricks.
use others reference lists
Use Others’ Reference Lists
  • Find a few recent articles on your topic of interest.
  • Look at the reference lists in these articles.
  • These lists should lead you to previously published articles on your topic.
  • This works best with review articles.
do a citation search
Do a Citation Search
  • Find an older article that is cited by almost everybody publishing on your topic.
  • Search for all the articles that have cited that popular article.
  • See my online lesson on Conducting a Citation Search.
prepare the apa style reference list
Prepare the APA-Style Reference List
  • See my Sample Papers .
  • See the APA’s Sample Paper .
  • See my Links to APA Style Resources .
  • Avoid these Common Errors .
  • The assignment is due at 1 PM on Friday the 20th of May
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