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How to find books, articles, and other sources for psychological research


This guide will help you find the many psychology resources the library has to offer. It covers the research process from finding background information on your topic to searching for and evaluating scholarly literature to how to cite those sources. 

There is a lot here to search through. If you have any questions, please come visit us at the reference desk or use the Ask Us! boxes to contact us.

Simple Search Tools

Use these to improve your database and catalog searching.


  • Searches for results with all words
  • smoking AND cancer


  • Searches for results with either search word
  • If combined with AND, words connected by OR need to be in parenthesis
  • Great for synonyms and related concepts: (smoking OR tobacco) AND cancer


  • Combines multiple words into one search term
  • Great for names: "Martin Luther King"