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PSY 100 - Intro to Psychology

THis guide is designed to provide resources, tools and strategies for completing your research assignment successfully

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Goals for this class session

Goals for these two sessions are:

  • Understand how Google differs from proprietary databases. 
  • Utilize the academic sources that will achieve the best results for this class assignment.
  • Exploration in Academic Search Premier (general database) and PsychInfo (and other discipline related) databases. Where to search.
  • Introduction and practice: Boolean and Subject Searching. How to search.
  • Discuss and apply principles of developing an annotated bibliography/formatting.

Understanding Databases

Proprietary databases to which Taylor University subscribes have distinctive differences from search engines such as Google or Google Scholar. A database, generally, is a collection of information organized to provide efficient retrieval of subject matter, specifically scholarly subject matter. They tend to be narrower in scope than Google or Google Scholar. 

Prominent features of proprietary databases:

  • Cover specific discipline area(s.)
  • Include academic (peer-reviewed) articles from journals or magazines, electronic books, newspapers, images and research related resources.
  • Provide citation information or full text to what may be included in the text of the article (a works cited or bibliography.)
  • Are subscriptions for which Zondervan pays. Whereas Google is free some databases are thousands of dollars per year.

Zondervan Library subscribes to over 75 research databases that contain journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on both general and specific disciplines. There are pros and cons for each option. Awareness of the content, organization, precision of search capabilities can save you time and yield the most appropriate and relevant results.

For more information see What is a library database? (Western Oregon University)