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Psychology Resources: Getting Started

Locate a variety of basic psychology resources. The tabs above provide links to databases that search thousands of journals, newspapers, and books, as well as videos and quality Web sites.

Basic Investigation and Developing a Search Strategy

To begin a research project, determine how much information is needed, what type (general background and/or academic research).  Write down some search terms, then try them out in general education reference sources such as the reference books described here.

Modify as needed, then search again.  Keep track of your search terms, successful and unsuccessful.  In most cases, you need to do research to find out enough information to develop a search strategy and to modify it as needed.

Sample Psychology Research Topics

Sample Psychology Topics

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Health
  • Ethics
  • Learning & Memory
  • Marriage & Divorce
  • Personality
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sex
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress

Additional Research and Writing Resources

These two Research Guides provide additional assistance in researching and writing a research paper:

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