Psychology 004 (Clemente): Search Terms

Informative presentations/essays around developments in bio-psychological research that are relative to the Chabot College student population and community. Topics: Nervous System, Sensation Perception, Ingestive Behavior, Emotion, Sleep Bio-Rhythms

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

 

Psychobiology

Human Behavior

Psychophysiology

Biological Psychiatry

 

 

Senses

Sensation

Perception

Stress (Psychology)

Stress and Disease

Stress in Adolescence

Stress in Children

Stress in Old Age

Stress Tolerance (Psychology)

 

Nervous System

Brain

 

Ingestion

Food

Water

Alcohol

Opioids

Marijuana

Narcotics

Sleep

Biological Rhythms

Rapid Eye Movement

Sleep-Wake Cycle

Sleep Disorders

Sleep Movements

Sleep Stages

Emotions (Psychology)

Fear

Grief

Happiness

Timidity

Anger

(use another specific emotion)

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ingestive Behavior

 

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

Psychobiology AND Emotions 

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