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Journal Articles

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To look for articles in journals, newspapers, or magazines, you will need to start with a research database. The following databases provide abstracts of articles from thousands of sources, often providing full-text.

Looking for scholarly articles?

 

 

Human Development Databases

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly
PsycINFO

Available via EbscoHost: A comprehensive international database of psychology, covering the academic, research, and practice literature in psychology from over 45 countries in more than 30 languages.

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Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1887 to current All
Sociological Abstracts

Provides access to the latest international findings in theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and political science.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1963 to current All
Social Services Abstracts

Abstracts of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1980 to current All
ERIC

A national database of education literature, including reports and journal articles.

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ALERT! Within ERIC search results: IF the "Link to ERIC full text" does not work, try the "Get It!" link.
Links to full-text via Get-It 1966 to current Some
CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Provides abstracts for articles from 1,700 journals in the fields of nursing and allied health.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1982 to current Most
Google Scholar CSUSM

Link to citations and full-text from your CSUSM Library databases and beyond!

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Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly
Social Work Abstracts

This database provides access to social work and human services journals from 1965 to the present. Topics include addictions, therapy, child and family welfare, civil and legal rights, mental health, education, and human services.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1965 to current Most
MedlinePlus

A large, encyclopedia-like database with excellent patient information on diseases, conditions, clinical trials, hospitals, and other areas of medicine and dentistry.

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Full-text current to current Some
POPLINE

Provides comprehensive coverage on population, family planning, and related health issues. Includes abstracts from published and unpublished sources all over the world.

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Quick Search Tips

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Tips for the search!

 

1) Generating keywords

  • think of more than one way to discuss your topic and use a variety of terms/synonyms to search
    • ("academic achievement" OR "academic performance") AND (coping OR resilience)
  • look up your topic online to find more keywords (wikipedia is a great resource for this!)

 

2) Boolean Operators

  • AND - returns literature that includes both terms
  • OR - returns literature that includes either terms
  • NOT - excludes literature with the term


 

 

3) Truncation

  • putting an asterisk at the root of a term will return variations of word
  • tour*  =  tour, tours, tourist, tourism, toured

 

4) Parenthesis

  • use parentheses around synonyms for the same concept
  • (coping OR resilience) AND stress AND (program* OR treatment)

 

5) Controlled Vocab

  • The "subjects" attached to each result represent the controlled vocab for that database
  • USE THESE TERMS!

 

6) Still not getting good results?

Books

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Books often provide a broader treatment of a topic or issue. A book on the issue you are studying can provide background and a base of knowledge. A research project always needs some sort of background or context before discussing the focused issue.

 

Books at Cal State San Marcos

Library Catalog  

Search our local collection of physical and online books.

Other Options

Circuit (1-3 day delivery)

Search the collections of other San Diego area libraries -- about 3,000,000 books. Find and request books directly online; pick them up at our Library in 1-3 days.

WorldCat (5-10 day delivery)

Search the collections of libraries world-wide -- about 52,000,000 books. Find a book in this database, and fill-out an Interlibrary Loan delivery request. Book will be delivered to Library for pickup.

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Finding Books in the Library

  1. Search the catalog to find a book.
  2. Make sure the item you want is available.
  3. Write down the call number (e.g. HQ 342.29 2007).
  4. Find the location of the book.
  5. Proceed to the location of the book (e.g. REF, 4th Floor Stacks). Look for the call number labels at the end of each row of bookcases, near the top.

You can use the item in the library OR check it out at the 3rd floor Check Out Desk with your student ID.

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Subject Headings

  • Subject headings are words and phrases specifically created to tell you what a book is about.
  • They are the controlled vocabulary of the catalog.


One way to search by subject headings is to begin with a keyword search in the library catalog.

  • Locate a relevant item and click details to view the record.
  • Click one of the links under "Subjects" to view a list of other items that have been assigned the same subject heading. 

This image shows the details of a book record in the catalog. The subject headings of the book are highlighted. These headings can help to revise a search strategy.

  

Video: Using subject headings to find library materials

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What's the difference between searching by keyword and searching by subject headings?

 
Keyword Searching
  • Searching by keyword will return all results that include your search terms anywhere in the item record.
  • It is a more broad, less focused search.

This image shows an example of a keyword search. 21 results are found with the following search: (veterans ptsd).

 

 

Subject Searching
  • Searching by subject will only return those results that have been tagged with that specific word or phrase as a subject heading.
  • It will result in a more focused search.

 

This image shows a subject search. The title of the subject heading is (Veterans Mental Health Services United States). Subject searches can return more relevant results.

Statistics & Data

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Tests & Measures

Tests and Measures in Psychology

Guide to Tests & Measures

This guide provides basic information on finding tests and measures for use in psychology, human development, kinesiology and nursing research.

Test collections and reviews

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Many students find what they are looking for in the books listed below. The items listed below are collections of measures and include information on scoring, validity, reliability, etc.

Measures for clinical practice : a sourcebook 
BF 176 C66 2007 (available at Check Out Desk)
View Volume 1 Table of Contents
View Volume 2 Table of Contents

  • One of our most useful collections of measures.
  • Useful in clinical psychology with tests for children through adults
  • Specifically useful for marriage and family assessments.
  • Contains reviews of test and example tests.

Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes 
BF 698.4 .M38 1990 (available at Check Out Desk) 
View Table of Contents

  • One of our most useful collections of measures.
  • Provides a wide range of scales and measures used in the social sciences.
  • Focuses on attitude and personality scales for use in research and lab settings.
  • Includes the tests.

Rating scales in mental health
RC 473 .P78 S245 2003 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • Provides a wide range of scales and measures.

Measuring violence-related attitudes, behaviors, and influences among youths
A compendium of assessment tools

HE20.7952: V81/2005 US Gov Docs 
View Table of Contents

  • One of our most useful collections of measures.
  • A wide ranging collection that has measures far beyond violence-related topics.

Measures included

  The measurement of attitudes toward people with disabilities : methods, psychometrics, and scales
  HV1553 .A62 1988 Reference

Taking the measure of work: A guide to validated scales for organizational research and diagnosis 
HM786 .F54 2002 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • Contains a wide variety of tests, despite the title.
  • Includes the tests.
  • Reviews reliability and validity.

Handbook of sexuality-related measures 
HQ60 .H36 1998 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • A systematic review of sexuality-related measures.
  • Organized by topic and includes description, scoring, reliability, and validity.
  • Includes the tests.

Handbook of family measurement techniques 
HQ728 .H267 2001 Reference
Volume 1 Table of Contents
Volume 2 Table of Contents
Volume 3 Table of Contents

  • While this source has many measures that may be of use, it can be confusing to navigate the this 3 volume set. Please contact Yvonne Meulemans if you need help.
  • Includes measures as well as detailed abstracts about the measures.

Measurement of attitudes toward people with disabilities: methods, psychometrics and scales
HV1553 .A62 1988  Reference
View Table of Contents 
scroll to Part 3 for list of measures included

Measures of political attitudes
JA74.5 .M43 1999 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • Comprehensive collection of political attitude measures.
  • Includes measures of: liberalism and conservatism, economic values, racial attitudes, trust in government, and other related concepts.

Handbook of tests and measurements in education and the social sciences
LB3051 .L4543 2000 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • Provides a variety of measures that could be used in an educational setting. (e.g. Self-efficacy in teachers, Teacher burnout.)
  • Includes a very informative first chapter on data analysis.

Borg's perceived exertion and pain scales
QP321 .B69 2998 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • Includes actual scales and instructions for use.

Measuring health
RA 408.5 .M38 2006 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • Provides measures on disability, psychological well-being, quality of life, and other aspects of health.
  • Includes validity, reliability and scoring parameters.

Handbook of psychiatric measures
RC 473 .P78 A46 2000 Reference
View Table of Contents

  • A collection of measures for the clinical setting.
  • Includes the tests and reviews.
  • Accompanying CD-ROM includes over 100 actual measures.

Handbook of measurements for marriage and family therapy
RC488.5 .F73 1987 Reference

Assessing children's well-being : a handbook of measures
RJ50 .A835 2004 5th Floor Stacks 
View Table of Contents

  • 20 measures of children's health, perceptions of health, and related issues.
  • Includes validity, reliability and scoring parameters.

Measurement of nursing outcomes
RT85.5 .M434 2001 Reference
Volume 1 Table of Contents 
Volume 2 Table of Contents 
Volume 3 Table of Contents

Handbook of community-based and home health nursing practice : tools for assessment, intervention, and education 
RT98 .S782 2000  5th Floor Stacks
View Table of Contents

Assessing alcohol problems : a guide for clinicians and researchers
HE 20.8308/2:4/2003  US Gov Docs
View list of 53 instruments

Multi-dimensional measurement of religiousness/spirituality for use in health research
Online

  • A collection of measures of religiosity and related areas.
  • Includes the tests, reviews, validity and reliability information.

Pereira, MA. FitzerGerald SF, Gregg EW, et. al. (1997). A collection of Physical Activity Questionnaires for health-related research. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29 (6 Supplement), S1-S205.
Journal’s call number: RC1200 .M44 

  • A collection of questionnaires to measure physical activity.
     

Lists, descriptions, and references to measures

Mental Measurements Yearbook aka Buros mental measurements yearbook
Z5814.P8 B932 Reference and 5th Floor Stacks

  • The comprehensive source for test reviews.
  • Organized alphabetically by measure title.
  • Indexes measures by title, title acronym, subject, and authors.

Tests in Print 
Z5814.E9 T47 Reference

  • Describes what the test is useful for
  • Provides information on how to acquire the test
  • Indexes test by titles, subject, author, acronyms

Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business 
BF176 .T43 Reference

  • For use by experimental and clinical psychologists, business administration, and educational professionals.
  • Indexed by test title, author, publisher, as well as by tests for the hearing impaired.
  • Great book for general review of psychology, education, business.

Test Critiques
BF176 .T418 Reference

  • Indexed by author, publisher, subject.
  • Had reliability and validity information, and a critique of the test.
  • Does not include the test.

Handbook of multicultural assessment 
BF176 .H36 2001 Reference

  • Useful when studying cultural differences or cultural biases.
  • Categorized by type of assessment test (i.e. personality, cognitive abilities).
  • Includes a review of the test with samples questions, but not the actual test.

Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures 
BF431 .G625 Reference

  • Focuses on unpublished, non-copyrighted tests.
  • Lists tests in behavior, creativity, perception, achievement, aptitude, communication, development, interest, and motivation.
  • Tests not included.

Gender roles: a handbook for tests and measures
HM253 .B43 Reference

  • A comprehensive listing of sex/gender role measures.
  • Includes complete list of references that have used measure.
  • A similar publication is Handbook of sexuality-related measures. (see above) 

Directory of psychological tests in the sport and exercise sciences
GV706.4 .D57 2002 Reference

  • Chapters organized by general areas of study.
  • Includes reliability and validity information.
  • Indexing by subject and author.

The Survey Kit 
HN29 .S724 2003 v.1-10

  • Enables reader to prepare and conduct surveys in addition to evaluating survey results.
  • Useful to those who must create a survey not already in use.
  • No sample tests included.

Assessment of family violence : a handbook for researchers and practitioners 
HV6626 .F45 2003 4th Floor Stacks

  • Provides in-depth information on a variety of measures of partner violence.
  • Provides primary reference for each measure.
  • Organized by measure name with good subject index. 

Assessment of partner violence : a handbook for researchers and practitioners 
RC560.S44 R38 2004 5th Floor Stacks

  • Provides in-depth information on a variety of measures of partner violence.
  • Provides primary reference for each measure.
  • Organized by measure name with good subject index. 

The ETS Test Collection catalog 
LB3051 .E79 1986- Reference

  • Contains over 18,000 published and unpublished tests.
  • A multiple volume set.
  • Does not contain the actual test.

Searching in PsycINFO

When searching in PsycINFO, if you know of a specific article that uses a particular test or measure, authors are supposed to include the information needed to acquire it. There are some instances when the authors include the test or measure in the article itself.

When you know the measure's name

Browse the index

  • In the database, click on Indexes at the top of the screen.
    Indexes in PsycINFO
  • Use the drop down menu Browse an index, select Tests & Measures, and click on the PsycINFO Browse button button.
  • This creates a list of all tests or measures cited by articles in PsycINFO.
  • Check the box next to the  tests or measures you are interested in, select either AND or OR from the drop down, list, and click on the Add button.
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    Note: Selecting "OR" from the drop down list will give you more results, while selecting "AND" will give you less.

When you need a type of measure

Identify different types of measures

  • Follow the steps outlined above to browse through the list of Tests and Measures in PsycINFO.
  • Keep in mind that there are multiple pages in this list, so click on either Previous or Next to see more tests and measures.

Search by combining keywords

  • In Advanced Search, type keywords or thesaurus terms into the first search box.
  • In the search box below, enter "test* or measure* or survey* or inventor*"
  • This will require that your search finds materials that have some mention of a measurement tool.
  • The asterisk will retrieve word variations: test* retrieves the word test as well as the words tests and testing.

 

Searching the library

Books on psychological testing and measurement often given in-depth information about a type of test or measuring/assessing a particular population. Search the library catalog with some of these formal subject headings. Click on each subject heading to do a search. For some of these subject headings, trying searching in The Circuit if you don't find what you are looking for.

Some subject headings below can be considered insensitive or out-dated. They are NOT determined by the librarian, but are the standard Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Subjects by type of test

Subjects by population measured

**Note: If you search by one of these subjects and get a result like the one pictured below, click on the link for SD Circuit to find books at other libraries in the SD Circuit.
SD Circuit

Searching the web

Web sites with tests and measures that are worth using in your research are rare. The web sites below are the best places to search for tests and measures. Most often, your result list will direct you back to the professional literature or provide test publisher information.

Mental Measurements Yearbook aka Buros Institute of Mental Measurement

  • Not a substitute for the print edition of MMY.
  • An online version of Buros Mental Measurement Yearbook.
  • Provides test reviews and references to tests.

Finding Psychological Tests

  • From the APA web site.
  • Provides basic guidelines to finding tests.

Literature Reviews

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Literature Review

 

What is a literature review?

A literature review is not research, it is a review of the research that has been done on your topic.

A literature review is NOT just a summary, but a conceptually organized synthesis of the results of your search. It must

  • organize information and relate it to the thesis or research question you are developing
  • synthesize and critically analyze the results comparing and contrasting their findings
  • identify controversy and themes that appear in the literature

A literature review is a piece of discursive prose, not a list describing or summarizing one piece of literature after another. It's usually a bad sign to see every paragraph beginning with the name of a researcher. Instead, organize the literature review into sections that present themes or identify trends, including relevant theory. You are not trying to list all the material published, but to synthesize and evaluate it according to the guiding concept of your thesis or research question. (From Univ. of Toronto)

Check out these sites for more help understanding literature reviews

Tips on conducting research for a literature review

  • Use bibliographies and reference pages of articles to direct your research. You may start to see some trends with the people who are writing about your topic. Check the bibliography for more articles about your topic.
  • Use the authors who you have found to be writing on your topic as starting points. Look for additional articles, and rebuttals, retractions or responses to their research

Use this chart to track articles you read for your literature review:

Cultural Resources

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Cultural groups: suggested web sites

 

United States Census and Government Data

The US Census 2010 briefs are a great resource. Here are a few related to ethnic subpopulations:

 

Books on a cultural group

When searching the library's collection for books on a cultural group, start with broad, basic terms.

  • Looking for: information on Mexican-Americas and health attitudes--------->  Search: (mexican* OR chican* OR hispanic*) AND health*
  • Looking for: information on African-American mental health------------>  Search: (black OR african*) AND ("mental health" OR "mental illness" OR psycholog*)

 

Other Sources 

Copy and paste the title into the catalog to see if it's available. All reference books are kept in the library.

  • Guide to culturally competent health care  RA418.5.T73 P87 2005  available in REFERENCE  and 5th Floor Stacks
  • Encyclopedia of medical anthropology : health and illness in the world's cultures   RA418 .E53 2004 REFERENCE
  • Cross-cultural medicine  RA418.5.T73 C765 2003 5th Floor Stacks
  • Refugee and immigrant health : a handbook for health professionals  RA418.5.T73 K45 2004  5th Floor Stacks
  • Cultural diversity in health & illness  RA418.5.T73 S64 2004 5th Floor Stacks
  • A nation of peoples : a sourcebook on America's multicultural heritage   E184.A1 N2866 1999  REFERENCE
  • Encyclopedia of immigration and migration in the American West   HB1965 .E53 2006  REFERENCE
  • American immigrant cultures : builders of a nation   E184.A1 A63448 1997  REFERENCE
  • Multiculturalism in the United States : a comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity   E184.A1 M85 1992 REFERENCE and 4th Floor Stacks
  • Gale Encyclopedia of multicultural America
  • Encyclopedia of multiculturalism    E184.A1 E58 1994 REFERENCE

Grants & Funding

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General Funding Resources

  • Pivot - *CSUSM only.* Pivot contains information on available grants, awards, fellowships, from federal/non-federal, corporate/private foundation, and international funding sources.
  • Federal Grants - Find and apply for federal grants at grants.gov.
  • Book: The Foundation Directory  Location: Library Reference (3rd Floor)  AS911.A2 F65
  • Book: Annual Register of Grant Support  Location: Library Reference (3rd Floor)  AS911.A2 A67
  • Foundation Center  Use this resource to find funders. Locate basic information by organization name, contact information and 990 IRS returns. Contains statistics on foundation and grant activity, search for RFP announcements for calls for grant applications. 
  • The Grantsmanship Center  Lists funding sources by state.
  • Guidestar  Use this website to find foundations and non-profit organizations that are interested in programs like yours. You will have to go separately afterwards to the organizations' websites to see what granting opportunities they offer. To find relevant foundations and organizations, click on "Take Action for Your Favorite Causes" and select the issue your program deals with.
  • Guide to Government Grant sources - CSUSM  Find more resources on the Government Documents research guide.

Local Funding Resources

 

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Health-Related Grants

 

APA Citation Help

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Citing sources is expected in scholarly communities and is almost always required in research papers. Scholars cite:

  • to give credit where credit is due;
  • so your reader (professor) can find the source that you mentioned in your assignment;
  • to add credibility to your research - shows you did the work;
  • and to avoid plagiarism!

Not sure where to start? Review this Flow Chart of the citation process before you continue!

APA Style

APA stands for the American Psychological Association. This is the preferred citation style of many of the social and behavioral sciences. Always remember to check your assignment guidelines or ask your professor which citation style they prefer for your work.

Official APA Style Manual Resources

 

Helpful Online Resources

 

Also Helpful: Citation Generators

  • Zotero  Zotero is a tool for storing citations and generating bibliographies using data collected from the library catalog or websites such as Amazon or Google. For more information on using Zotero, see our Zotero Guide. Always double check your results with citation generators, they are not always perfect!
  • KnightCite Citation Service   This citation generator formats your citations for you. This can be a convenient tool, especially if you have a lot of sources to cite, but it is NOT 100% accurate. ALWAYS check an additional resource like the APA Manual or Purdue OWL to make sure that the citation is formatted correctly!

 

Sample Papers in APA format

 

HD Research Help: tutorials and videos

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Library Videos & Tutorials

 

Use the following resources to complete your HD research assignments: 

1. What is a peer reviewed, scholarly article? (6 minute tutorial)

2. What is an empirical research article? (2 minute tutorial)

3. Where and how should I search? (3 minute tutorial)

4. How do I find statistical information about the community I'm researching? (6 minute video)

5. If you are enrolled in HD 302, take this quick survey after completing 1-4.

 

If you still have questions after reviewing these tutorials, email your librarian! Your librarian's contact information is on the right ----->

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