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PSY 550 - Forensic and Legal Psychology: Articles & Databases

Brainstorming Keywords

Library databases are organized around concepts. In order to effectively search a database you should first identify key concepts. Once you know what those are you can begin brainstorming keywords that you will use to search.  Be sure to think of some keywords that are broader than you topic and some that are more narrow. 

Example topic: "Why are incarceration rates higher for certain races or groups?"

Incarceration Rates Race or Groups Other terms?
imprisonment minorities  
jail prison population  
conviction race relations  

 

Databases

 SEARCH TIPS:

  • Keywords: don't forget to try broader/narrower terms, synonyms, and related terms
  • Click on each title to get the full information 
  • Use Subject links at the bottom of the catalog record to find similar items
  • Try a Boolean Operator: AND, NOT, OR
  • How about a wildcard? Schizo* will give you: Scizophrenia, Schizoid, Scizophrenic

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M.L.I.S., Library & Information Science, Drexel University
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