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Psychology Subject Guide: Getting Started

Get Started with Your Research

Do you have a topic, but you're not sure where to start? Try a few of these tips!

  • Scan your textbook or assigned readings for ideas or for books and articles you can look for.
  • Start to write down keywords and related concepts. Think of synonyms that you can use as keywords.
  • Consider creating a concept map if you learn best visually. Try Mind42 or MindMeister for some cool online tools.
  • Find background information and use it to find more keywords.

For more research tips, check out our research guide.

Reference Books

General Information

Sometimes when you're getting started on a topic, all you want is a good overview of the basics. The library has lots of resources to help you get just the facts, fast.

Reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, and more can be a great way to get basic information. Try searching our online reference collections below to find great articles on all sorts of topics!

Electronic Book Center

Search full text of thousands of reference books in OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center to get background or general information.

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Oxford Reference

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