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  1. Psychology Resources at the SDSU Library for Psyc 410 A Guide for the Perplexed By Mark Stover, SDSU Psychology Librarian Presented by Anne Turhollow Life Sciences Librarian

  2. Help for Psy 410 • Web page for class http://infodome.sdsu.edu/research/guides/class/psy410.shtml Research--Resaerch Guides--Researching a topic by class assignment--P--Psychology 410

  3. How can I use the SDSU Library for Psychology Resources? • Books • Journals • Research Databases • Internet • Librarians

  4. How do I Find Psychology Books in the Library? • Use the PAC (Online Catalog) • Search by Author, Title, or Subject • Get the Call Number • Get the Location • Use Circuit/Link+ for books not owned by SDSU

  5. How do I find Psychology Journal Articles at SDSU? • Search PsycINFO for a specific topic • Links within PsycINFO will lead you to full text (either in print or electronic format). Look for the “Find Full Text” button

  6. What if SDSU does not own the material I need? • For books: Circuit and Link+ • For journal articles and dissertations: Interlibrary Loan • How long will it take? • Books: 1-5 days • Articles: 1-2 weeks

  7. Databases in Psychology • PsycInfo (abstracts of journal articles, book chapters, symposia, dissertations, etc.) • Medline (abstracts of journal articles) • Academic Search Elite, ProQuest Research Library ( abstracts and full text of magazines and journals) Search from Home? Go to http://infodome.sdsu.edu/

  8. Pros and Cons of Searching Computer Databases • Pros: Search can be fast, efficient, and remote • Cons: • Information Overload • Lack of Terminology Standardization • Solutions?

  9. Solution to Information Overload: Boolean Logic • Necessary to narrow down searches • And, Or, Not • AND: Narrows search • OR: Broadens search • Example: Blue eyes AND Brown hair

  10. Solution to Lack of Language Standardization • Problem: Information Seeker and Database Indexer often use different terminology • Solutions: • Use Synonyms • Use Special Thesaurus or Database Index

  11. Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms • Includes definition of terms and suggestions of terms to use • Manic depression, manic depressive psychosis, bipolar mood disorder, bipolar affective disorder = Bipolar disorder • Bonding = Attachment behavior

  12. Let’s do a search on PsycINFO Journal articles on oxytocin and bonding

  13. Psych 410 Assignment • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles: Search PsycInfo, ASE, or ProQuest Research Library • Authored or Edited Books: Search the PAC or PsycInfo • Web Citations: Search Google.com • Dissertations: Search PsycInfo • Non-scientific Magazine: Search ASE or ProQuest Research Library • Symposia or Conference: Search PsycInfo

  14. Citing Information • APA Publication Manual (BF 76.7 P83 Ref Desk and Table 12) • http://infodome.sdsu.edu/research/guides/ styles/apa_style.shtml

  15. Other Information? • See Mark’s Psychology Resources Web site at: • http://infodome.sdsu.edu/research/guides/psych/psychres.shtml

  16. More Help • Anne Turhollow • 619-594-4921 • <c.turhollow@sdsu.edu> • Mark Stover • On sabbatical Fall 2004 • 619-594-2131 • <mstover@mail.sdsu.edu> • <http://infodome.sdsu.edu/research/sub_libs.shtml>