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PY1106: Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating: Literature Review Topics

Starting points

Below are a few starting terms and concepts to search for each topic to get you started. You should also read the articles that have been given as starting points for your chosen topic to identify other relevant concepts to investigate.

Topic: Boredom

Keyword Boredom
Synonym Motivation


Possible question: Is it a good thing to be _________?

Topic: Terrorism

Keyword Terrorism
Synonym Radicalism
Synonym Political violence

Possible question: What predicts support for __________ ?

Topic: Telemedicine



Synonym emedicine
Synonym telehealth

Possible question: Does ________ improve health outcomes?

Topic: Intuition

Keyword Intuition
Synonym hunches
Synonym Dual process theory

Possible question: Do babies have ________ ?

Topic: Influencers and social media

Keyword Influencers and social media
Synonym Self-branding
Synonym Influencer marketing

Possible question: Do ________ influence well-being?

Analysing your topic

The first thing to consider when searching is what you need to find. To do this, you should define your topic.

  • unpack your assignment topic to identify task, content, limiting and context words
  • consider if there are any synonyms or related concepts that may be relevant
Keyword psychology cognition
Synonym behaviour / behavior knowledge
Synonym mental processes memory

See more about identifying keywords and synonyms.

Definitions and topic introductions

Credo includes a range of psychology dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks and more.

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Building your search strategy

Use a search strategy to find information more effectively and efficiently by:

Combining keywords

AND, OR and NOT are known as Boolean operators.

Modifying keywords

When modifying keywords, consider using:

  • phrase searching

  • truncation

  • wildcards

See more about developing your search strategy

Evaluating results

When evaluating your results, you should consider the following questions.

  • What is the intended audience?

  • Is the content biased?

  • What's the source's authority? Is it peer-reviewed?

  • How accurate is it?

  • How current is the information?

You can also use the Cornell Method Template to critically read and analyse the information contained in the articles you find in your results.


Finding journal articles with One Search

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