Understanding scholarly sources and peer-review:
Note: This video demonstrates a search using the ProQuest database ERIC, but the search functions are the same in PsycINFO and other ProQuest databases:
Search for keyword(s) and phrases for your behavior in the first search box. Use "or" between alternative words, for example:
road rage or aggressive driving
Find causes: to find articles that discuss possible causes or related factors, in a separate search box, add:
etiology or caus*
Etiology means the study of causes. The *, or wildcard, will find different word endings: causes, causal, causality.
Limit to Peer Reviewed: be sure to check the Peer Reviewed box, located after the search boxes:
Find treatments for the cause: if you're having trouble finding articles that discuss interventions, in a separate search box add words for this concept, for example:
intervention or treatment or therapy
This video demonstrates how (and why) to use the thesaurus tool to find subject terms to improve your searching of PsycINFO.
Research Tip video: How to use articles you've already found to find additional resources.
Using library online resources and databases from off-campus requires your EMU netID login and password.
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