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PSY 101 - Reynolds: Library Tips for Writing Assignments

Searching Secrets

Follow these tips to find success in your writing assignments for this class:

  • Read the instructions carefully. You will find keywords to search for by close reading! For example, in Chapter 2 - biology of behavior assignment, you will find in point number 3 (the library article requirement) the magic word epigenetic. First, know what it means.  Then create a search phrase for our databases.  Once we understand that epigenetics is the study of the how the effects of experiences and environmental influences affect genetic expression in children, we're ready to search!
    • One possible search could be: epigenetics and children and stress and study.
      • Adding the keyword study makes it almost certain that you will find original research studies, which you need! It's a very simple search, but in our two EBSCO databases, it finds 39 peer-reviewed articles.
      • Sample article - - The Great Smoky Mountains Study: developmental epidemiology in the southeastern United States. This article describes a long-term study of developmental epidemiology in the southeast United States and examines stress and stress-related hormones, trauma, the impact of poverty, genetic markers, and epigenetics.
  • For the Design an Experiment assignment, the choice is yours!  Choose a topic and search the databases for studies that looked at the topic. Possible examples could be stress. test anxiety, limbic system, really anything covered in your text. Just be sure to structure your database search like these examples:
    • stress and children and study
    • test anxiety and adolescents and study
    • limbic system and emotions and study

​Good luck! Remember, contact your instructor Paula Reynolds or your friendly librarian John Fitzsimmons for search help and ideas!