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This is the primary research guide for Psychology students and faculty.

Welcome to the Psychology Research Guide


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This online guide to research at the University of Southern California Libraries is intended to assist students and faculty as they formulate, develop, and complete research projects within psychology.

Using this guide is easy! Just navigate through the tabs, located to the left of this box, and follow the instructions for your chosen task. It's that simple!

Quick Notes:


Where Do I Start?

Not Exactly Sure Where To Start?

To know where to look, you first need to know what you are looking for. Think about all the aspects you need to address your topic, these become your initial "keywords". Then it's time to start digging into your topic.

  • Define your topic
  • Identify keywords and terms to assist you in searching for articles and other resources
  • Find background information; items in the Reference collection - particularly subject encyclopedias - are great starting points for your research (Encyclopedia articles offer concise overviews of a topic, summaries of key research in a particular discipline, and often include a bibliography which can serve as a starting list of sources for your project.)
  • From your selected articles and databases, locate additional keywords and subject terms to focus and expand your search

The USC Libraries tutorials is a great place to start identifying the best search engines for your research questions. Additional resources include the Developing Keywords tutorial and Searching Solutions research guide.

Citation Management Programs

Managing all the materials you find and review is a key to success. Citation management programs allow you to import references from various databases and organize them to meet your needs. For more information, visit the USC Libraries Citation Guide and Library Tips: Choosing a Citation Manager and Citation Managers.
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