Develop a list of search terms based on your topic (psychology and religion) through:
-Similar phrases to represent topic (i.e. psychological aspects of religion)
Varying aspects of a topic (examples):
- Role of religion in psychotherapists' bias?
- Occurrence of depression in those that are religious or non-religious?
- Social adjustment of children from religiously affiliated homes?
selected Psychology reference resources
selected Religion reference resources
List of all E-Reference sources
Note: The Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and the Sage Knowledge E-reference Collection consist of a tremendous variety of subject specific encyclopedias, and are good places for background information, and to begin searches and gathering resources.
For example, a keyword search in GVRL for "Psychology and Religion" returns 492 hits, including this entry:
Hood, R. W., Jr. (2012). Psychology and Religion. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 201-208). London: Academic Press.
Selected useful subject terms (topics):
Links go to catalog search results
Buddhism, Catholicism, etc.
Buddhism and Psychology
Catholicism and Psychology
Religion and descriptive statistics
Psychology and happiness
Psychology and religion
Psychology and "well being"
Religion and "well being"
Note: It can be highly effective to combine any two or more of the terms above (or with any other keywords you come up with) in separate subject, topic, or even keyword fields when searching in most databases or the library catalog.
The Psychology databases page provides links to research resources appropriate for research in psychology.
The primary research databases in Psychology are:
PsycArticles: full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology (a subset of PsychInfo)
PsycInfo: Citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed articles, dissertations, and technical reports on all areas of psychology. Some full-text is available.
- Refer to the Psychology "Top Picks" and "Subject Specific" database options from the "Research by Subject" tab of the new Booth Library website.
- Use your keywords in "All Text" dropdown fields (in most databases) for more results (good for more esoteric or topics with apparently less "out there". Use keywords in the "Title" dropdown for more targeted searches (good for larger topics).
- If doing a search using phrases, use quotation marks...i.e. "psychotherapy and religion"
- Pay close attention to "subject terms" of database records. These are also known as "Topics" in the library catalog. They are universally defined and applied terms that can be clicked on for very specific results, and can also be searched in the "subject" drop down menu in the catalog or "subject terms" dropdown in databases.
- Also pay attention to, and take note of lists of references at the ends of articles. These can be very valuable, especially for research topic searches that produce more limited results