Search Terms and Examples
For primary research, include relevant terms in your search, such as report, research, "purpose of the study", experiment, survey, etc.
Browse the broader, narrower and related terms in the thesaurus or subject terms for more targeted results and to see relationship between various topics.
- opens new windowsmartphones AND cognition AND (research or study or report or survey)
In APA PsycInfo and APA PsycARTICLES; keyword search, limited to Full Text; ~39 results
- opens new windowDE "Color Perception" AND "brain research" NOT ( ADD or ADHD)
In APA PsycInfo; DE=subject, NOT eliminates articles that include ADD or ADHD; ~215 results
- opens new window"interactive technology" AND cogniti* develop*
In APA PsycInfo; phrase and keyword search; (*) use the asterisk to search all alternative endings: ~4 results
- opens new window"interactive technology" AND (behavior change)
In PsycINFO, APA PsycARTICLES, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection; phrase and keyword search; ~14 results
- opens new window"cognitive development" AND (adolescents or teenagers or young adults)
In APA PsycInfo and PsycARTICLES; phrase and keyword search; ~4,191 results TIP: Instead of "adolescent or teenagers or young adults" use the Age Groups limits-Adolescence (13-17 yrs); ~5,311 results
- opens new windowDE "SLEEP deprivation -- Physiological aspects"
In Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection; subject search and Age Group-Adolescence (13-17); ~21 results
Combine keywords and subjects when searching. Search multiple subjects. Combine previous searches or add new terms to a previous search.
Use Database Limiters:
In psychology databases, use the limiters listed on the advanced search page to refine your search and eliminate the need for including variant spellings or related terms in your search.
For example, your search may include multiple terms, such as < adolescent OR teen OR young adult OR youth >, but do the terms represent different age? If so, which is needed for your research? Using the limiter in opens new windowAPA PsycARTICLES can target articles for a specific Age Group, as shown below.
Date, Scholarly Peer-Reviewed, Full Text and other limiters can be used to further refine your search.
Evaluate your resources for authority, timeliness, and relevance.
What are the assignment requirements? While searching, limit your resources to peer-reviewed, scholarly articles. Set date restrictions for current articles and research.
Is the article a primary or secondary source? What type of research or methodology is demonstrated, if any? (theoretical study, case study, cause and effect experiment, survey, etc.)