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Addlestone Library is open to the College of Charleston community and affiliates via card access. Visitors may access Addlestone Library Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and must present a government issued ID and sign in upon entry.
Databases for your Research!
APA PsycINFO This link opens in a new window
Expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than three million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health.
APA PsycARTICLES This link opens in a new window
Full text articles from scholarly journals in behavioral science and related fields. Includes all journals from the American Psychological Association plus the Canadian Psychological Association.
To find empirical articles in PsycINFO or PsycARTICLES:
- Use the "Advanced Search"
- Type your keywords into the search boxes
- Scroll down the page to "Methodology," and choose "Empirical Study"
- Choose other limits, such as publication date, if needed
- Click on the "Search" button
What Are Databases and Why You Need Them (Video, 2:35)
Library resources don't work like Google.
You cannot type in a complete sentence and expect to get an answer. Instead, library resources require the use of keywords. Write out a question you want to ask, then pick out just the significant words - those are your keywords.
Should inmates have access to weight lifting equipment in prison?"
Keywords: inmate(s), weight lifting equipment, prison
Next, come up with MORE keywords.
Come up with synonyms for your original keywords. In our example, prisoners could be considered a synonym of inmates, while jail could be a synonym for prison. You should also think about what terms are associated with your topic. For example, we may want to search "bench press" or "inmate crime." Make sure your keywords are nouns whenever possible.
Combine these terms using AND, OR, or NOT.
These are Search Operators and will narrow or expand your search results. (Pro tip! Put quotation marks around a search phrase to search that exact phrase.
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