Psychology 001 (Clemente): Search Terms

Finding peer-reviewed sources on Gender and Sexuality, Psychological Disorder, Stress and Health, Lifespan Development, Motivation and Emotion, and Personality

LCSH History

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Below are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings you may want to use.

 

Gender

Gender Identity

LGBT Identity

Gender Role

Sex Role

Gender Differences (Psychology)

Human Sexuality

Sexual Psychology

Sexual Orientation

Homosexuality

Heterosexuality

Bisexuality

 

 

Mental Illness

Psychological Aspects

Schizophrenia

Mental Depression

Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Stress (Psychology)

Stress and Disease

Stress in Adolescence

Stress in Children

Stress in Old Age

Stress Tolerance (Psychology)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology and Motivation

Developmental Psychobiology

Child Development

Adult Development

Psychological Aspects of Aging

Life Change Events

Age (Psychology)

Cognitive Development

 

 

 

Motivation (Psychology)

Emotions (Psychology)

Achievement Motivation

Burnout (Psychology)

Incentive (Psychology)

Goal (Psychology)

 

 

Personality

Personality and Culture

Personality and Situation

Personality Development

Personality Change

Personality Disorders

Personality Studies

Charisma

Keywords

While not official subject headings, these keywords can be very fruitful for your research. Try to also think of other terms such as these. Keyword searches look at all the information in the book or article record including title, author, abstract, table of contents, etc. It always helps to think of synonyms, as the way one person would describe something is not the same way another would.

Sexual Identity

Psychological Disorder

Life Span Development

What "Search Terms" to Use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Motivation (Psychology) AND Emotions (Psychology)

What "search terms" to use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Sex Differences AND Communication


If for some reason, you are getting results you do NOT want (say for example you want to find only articles on communication in opposite sex marriages) try a NOT search.  Librarians caution that NOT searches often also weed out articles that may have been relevant for you.  So only perform such searches if you have LOTS of results (say over ten that are in full text format):

EXAMPLE

Marriage NOT Same Sex