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PSYCH116 - Developmental Psychology - Lifespan - Palmieri: Search Strategy

Developmental Psychology Theorists

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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.


Find your Keywords

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

Nature vs Nurture on Personality Development of Separated Twins

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

e.g. search Nature vs Nurture AND Personality AND Twins

Think of other terms that can be used to describe the event you are researching and try those also: e.g. Nature: Genes, Heritability; Nurture: Environment, Psychosocial Factors


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. Child* will search for Child, Children and Childhood.

Use quotation marks to keep phrases together: e.g. "Nature vs Nurture" 


e.g. search "Nature vs Nurture" AND Twin* AND Personality

 or Nature AND Nurture AND Twin* AND Behavior

or  Environmental Factors AND "Personality Development" AND Twin*

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


In Our Collection

The sources below do NOT contain scholarly articles. They are for background research and supplementary materials for your paper and presentation. 

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