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Psychology Guide: Finding Resources

This guide will help you find the information you need to complete your assignments and research for psychology topics

Use the resources below to find books, journal articles and more.

Definitions and topic introductions

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

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Readings and past Exams


Click on the link above then search for readings by typing in the subject code or subject name. Your readings may also be linked in your LearnJCU subject site.

If you are having trouble accessing readings remember there is more than one pathway available to you.

Past Exams

Click on the link above then search for past exams by subject code.

Past exams are not available for all subjects.

One Search

One Search is a good place to start searching for print and online books, journal articles and more.

On the left of the results page use the filter options to refine your search. Limit to Full Text Online or use Content filters to find particular formats such as books or journal articles.

One Search is also available on the Library home page.

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Psychology databases

Google Scholar with Find It @ JCU

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Use the tips below to get better search results.

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.

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

Video Tutorials for Finding Articles


The following video of a Sample PsycINFO Search on ProQuest shows how to combine keyword searches with the Thesaurus to conduct a search. Note the look and feel of the database may be different but the functionality is the same.

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.


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