I often receive questions from students who need help finding sources for their psychology papers. In many cases, their instructor requires them to use a specific number of a certain source. For example, the instructor might require students to use a total of ten sources, with at least five of those being journal articles.
However, students often have a tough time figuring out where to begin their research. When you are searching for information on a specific topic, a great way to find relevant research is to locate a book on the subject and then flip back to the reference section. Usually, you'll find a number of different journal articles that might be related to your topic.
Visiting your school or local library is also a must. Most libraries have subscriptions to journal databases such as PsycNET (http://psycnet.apa.org/) and EBSCOhost (http://search.ebscohost.com/). One of the best ways to find information quickly is to ask a librarian. They know all kinds of handy search techniques and strategies to find what you're looking for.
Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) can also be a great research tool. In some cases, you can find full-text books and journal articles online, but in other instances you will need to write down the reference information and take it into a library to find a hard copy.
Explore more tips in this article on how to find sources for your psychology papers.
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