SWRK 430

Resources for SWRK 430: Social Work Evaluation and Research: Qualitative and Statistical Methods

Article Databases

Finding and Using Scholarly Sources

Understanding scholarly sources and peer-review:

PsycINFO Basics

Note: This video demonstrates a search using the ProQuest database ERIC, but the search functions are the same in PsycINFO and other ProQuest databases:

PsycINFO Searching for Behaviors

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

psycinfo search screen

Using the Thesaurus in PsycINFO

This video demonstrates how (and why) to use the thesaurus tool to find subject terms to improve your searching of PsycINFO.

Find More Sources

Research Tip video: How to use articles you've already found to find additional resources.

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Sara Memmott
Summer 2023: available for appointments June 27 - Aug 15.

I am also available by email: smemmott@emich.edu

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