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PSY 200 Statistics & Data Analysis: Search

Resources on statistics and data analysis for social sciences

PSY 200

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Search Tips

  • Search for one of your diseases as a keyword. See if there are any subjects in the search that correlate with your keywords.
  • Use quotes when searching phrases.
  • Do not search full sentences - leave out articles (the, and, for, in... etc).  Just search for the major keywords.
  • Build on your searches - piece by piece. Pick up keywords from your search results, or authors you may notice reoccurring, or a series of publications that comes up frequently.
  • Set up an account and log in. You can save your searches and articles right in the database!
  • If your keyword is too broad, think about subtopics instead. Example: Instead of searching for "statistics", think about what programs would be included in that category: education statistics, statistics social science, data analysis techniques, etc. Search for those topics instead.
  • Alternatively, if your keyword is too narrow, think about broader terms. Instead of "measurements in psychology research," you could try "social sciences measurements."
  • Ask your friendly neighborhood librarian for help! We are happy to assist you in your research. :)

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Finding Updates to Research

There are a few ways to find updates to research:

  • Use Google Scholar to find the research you want to update. Look at the 'cited by' feature and investigate if any of these papers are updates or mention updates.
  • Sometimes, researchers will list their work on a professional website (basically, an electronic vitae or portfolio).
  • Sometimes, publishers and databases will indicate that the article has an update and will link you to the update.


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