Conducting a simple search of "infant self-awareness" in the University Libraries' Catalog results in discovering a book ideal for my research paper. It's helpful to start with a broad search and narrow as you go along.
Searching for Articles
In the PsycINFO database, conducting a search for "infant self-awareness" results in several relevant journal articles. Reading the abstract helps to determine whether an article fits my research question or falls outside of its scope.
Once I have gathered articles from this database, I can repeat the process in other databases to find different journal articles. It's wise to gather more articles than needed because as you read the articles you may find that some do not fit your specific research topic as well as you originally thought they did.
Searching for Scholarly Information
Start by using the University Libraries' Catalog to search for scholarly books on your research topic. Book chapters will cover a topic in a broader scope than research articles to give you a more holistic understanding. Note, you do not have to use an entire book but can cite each chapter you use as a separate scholarly source.
Using databases specific to disciplinary aspects of Human Development and Family Studies, search for journal articles to continue your research. Journal articles focus on highly specific research studies conducted by experts.
Search for public research sources by using the websites of reputable institutions and associations such as the Pew Research Center, Child Trends, and the United States Census.
Search the Catalog for scholarly books. Most catalog records will list the table of contents to help you determine if a chapter fits your research question.
This is the online catalog of materials owned by Penn State Libraries. All formats (books, journals, audiovisuals, maps, recordings, etc.) are included. Circulation status for individual items is also provided. Coverage: Presently contains about 7 million records. Updates: Continuous up-to-the-minute as new records are added.
The premiere database for research articles in Psychology. This database enables you to search for studies by research methodology, participants' age and gender, and other helpful categories.
PsycINFO provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Unrivaled in its depth of psychological coverage and respected worldwide for its high quality, the database is enriched with literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work. Nearly all records contain nonevaluative summaries, and all records from 1967 to the present are indexed using the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.
This database provides coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.
This database provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Coverage is from 1979 to date.
This database contains international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, helpful for sociological and social psychological perspectives.
CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,700 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.
Premiere source for Education research. ERIC allows you to search for education levels (such as elementary or secondary) and target audience (such as parents or teachers).
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is the major database for education literature, sponsored by the U.S. Department. of Education. The same database content is available on many platforms.
Premiere database for nursing and allied health research articles. Search results in CINAHL can be refined by evidence-based practice, specific age groups, and other helpful criteria.
One of two major databases for nursing, providing references to over 1,800 nursing and allied health journal articles in addition to citations for book chapters, nursing dissertations, association publications, educational software, conference proceedings and selected full-text for state nursing journal articles, legal cases, patient education material, research instruments, standards of practice, critical paths, nurse practice acts, drugs, clinical innovations and government publications. References for alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and health sciences librarianship are also included. Coverage: 1982 - Present. Updates: Monthly.
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