In this LibGuide, I've used the general topic, psychology, to demonstrate how and where to search for articles and other information in Western Library's databases. You can use the exact same logic to research any topic. Simply substitute search terms related to the topic you are researching. Research gets easier and faster the more you do it, but don't hesitate to click our Live Chat widget, our After-Hours Chatbot, or click the "Email Me" link beneath my avatar if you get stuck in the databases. I'm always happy to answer questions and provide help finding the articles you need.
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Searching for Psychology Resources
Psychology Search Terms
Basic search - type in the name of the psychological condition you plan to research:
Clarify a specific conditions by adding words:
Some words, like "depression" can refer to a person's mental health or to the Great Depression, the economic period of the 1930s, so clarify your search by adding the term "mental health."
depression and mental health
Add words to clarify the specific type of condition you are looking for
panic and anxiety disorder
Try to search for terms in initials / or spelling out the words:
post-traumatic stress disorder
Try searching both terms that mean the same thing:
Try a combination of terms:
depression and anxiety
narcissistic personality disorder
borderline personality disorder
Combine multiple search terms in a single search string is a type of advanced search that saves time
For example, instead of doing two searches, one for "narcissistic personality disorder" and a second one for "borderline personality disorder" you can find information for both by setting up thisadvanced search string:
(narcissistic OR borderline) personality disorder
In this search string you are telling the database to bring back articles about either narcissistic OR borderline personality disorders. As you skim the results you can compare them to see similarities or differences and make a decision about which to pursue further or it you would like to research both.
This LibGuide includes video and screenshot tutorials that teach you about how to navigate the different Western Library databases by EBSCO, Gale, and more, to find articles and streaming video for homework and research assignments. NOTE: You'll be asked to login with your Western ID.