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CFS 493 Professional Development: Search a Subject Database for Articles

Subject Databases

Most databases of research articles focus on a particular subject area, such as Education, Psychology, and Social Services. 

Search Tips

Construct your search using the keywords or terms relevant to your topic. 

  • Quotation marks can be used to search for phrases (e.g. "social cognition")
  • Use OR to search both keywords/phrases
  • Truncation searches for variants of a word. Use an asterik (*) at the root (e.g. psych* searches for psychology, psychologist, psychological, psychosocial)

The following will search for "Child Development" AND ("Domestic Violence" OR "Family Violence")

Screenshot illustrating terms entered into search fields

Before or after performing your search, you can further limits your results to Peer Reviewed Journals and Publication Date. Using the "Record Type". Selecting "Peer Reviewed Journal" will update your results to be only research articles from peer reviewed journals. Easily limit to the desired publication date range using the publication date option. 

Select "Peer Reviewed Journal" from Record Type


Find it @ PSU

If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text article if available.

If the PSU Library does not hold the article online or in print, order it through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.

Find it @ PSU

Click on the linked resource name to get to the full text