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PSYCH 101 - General Psychology - Palmieri: Search Strategy

This guide will help Professor Palmieri's students locate and evaluate authoritative resources for their term paper projects.

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Find your Keywords

When searching the databases for articles, do not type in whole sentences. Pick out the key words in your assigned topic:

How is the health of shift workers affected by sleep disruptions?

Those will be your KEYWORDS to use when searching for sources.

e.g. search Health AND Shift Workers AND Sleep Disruptions

Think of other terms that can be used to describe the event you are researching and try those also: e.g. Sleep Disruptions: Sleep; Sleep patterns; Sleep Disorders; Irregular Sleep; Sleep Quality.


Be careful of words with multiple meanings, use alternate or additional words to clarify:

(e.g. Viking (Norse warrior); Viking (moon lander); Viking (football team); Viking (WCC student newspaper)


You might need to search multiple times in a single database before deciding it does not have any useful articles.

Use the asterisk * to truncate words and widen your search. Sleep* will search for Sleep, Sleeper and Sleeping.

Use quotation marks to keep phrases together: e.g. "Shift Workers" 


e.g. search "shift work" AND sleep disruption* AND health

 or sleep AND "shift work"

or  sleep disorder* AND "night shift" AND health

Try your search terms in different combinations to get the greatest number of results.


Background Research

if you can't think of any ideas for your paper, try browsing through your textbook to find inspiration. Below you will find some sources that may also help get you started with topic ideas. You will need to log in with your MyWCC username and password if you are off-campus.


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