(Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Family
Behavioral Sciences Librarian
1222 Harold B. Lee Library
Why Use A Research Guide?
This step by step guide has been developed by BYU Librarians to save you time and help you produce a better research paper. It will guide you through the library research process and will inform you of the best resources for your topic. If you need assistance at any point, please ask for help at a Reference Desk.
[If you are not affiliated with the University, you may not have access to the resources included here.]
The following are some of the best encyclopedias for
background information in the behavioral sciences. Be sure to browse
the reference shelves near each of these volumes for other helpful reference
Encyclopedia of Psychology (Social Sciences/Education Reference BF 31 E52 2000)
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (Social Sciences/Education Reference BF 31 .E5 1994)
Encyclopedia of Social Work (Social Sciences/Education Reference HV35 .S6 1995).
Encyclopedia of Sociology (Social Sciences/Education Reference HM 17 .E5 1992)
The Encyclopedia of Marriage, Divorce and the Family (Social Sciences/Education Reference HQ 9 .D38 1995)
Other Specialized Encyclopedias will be located very near these. Be sure to browse the shelf in the area where you locate any useful source. The Social Sciences/Education Reference Desk also has a helpful list of reference resources.
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Example: "What causes and treatments exist for schizophrenia?"
Using the following chart, place the keywords in separate concept boxes. Add additional synonymous terms from your terminology list within each concept box.
How to phrase a "keyword" search
The researcher uses articles published in current periodicals (magazines/journals) to get the most current research. A variety of periodical indexes (databases) are available on the Library Home Page by selecting Resources by Subject. Select the specific discipline desired, such as Family Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work. Recommended databases are listed first.
If you have any questions, please check with the subject librarian for assistance. The following periodical indexes are recommended:
There are also two indexes which may be helpful. These
two, ProQuest Research Library and Academic Search Premier (EBSCO), have the advantage of having many
articles available in full text. As you find references to journal articles,
be sure to list, print out, or down load the full bibliographic information
(author, title, name of Journal, vol #, month, year, page, etc.)
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If Internet resources are needed/allowed, first use those recommended by the subject librarian under your subject after selecting "Resources by Subject" from the Library Home Page.
For example, Links to Interesting Psychology Web Sites, includes psychological organizations, electronic journals, and specific disorders.
Remember to watch the screens for search "tips" or "helps"
or "Advanced Search" buttons which will use many of the Boolean concepts
discussed. Sometimes thousands of hits will be found, but remember to
use caution, as most will not be reliable or scholarly. As you evaluate
Internet resources, you may find clues in the URL (address) which can
alert you to the type of agency responsible for that site thus helping
you assess its credibility. .edu or .gov (educational
or government) are usually more facutal, while .org or .com
(organization or commercial) usually express more of an opinion or try
to persuade the reader.
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