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Designed with Psychology students in mind, this guide highlights information resources to enhance your research.

Locate Articles by Journal Title

Search Tips: Boolean Operators with Examples

Use these term connectors in Library tool searches

  • AND 
    This will narrow your search to include all terms that are connected by this term. For example, the following requires that both terms be present in the title, abstract, or keywords of a citation.

    "student engagement" AND leadership
  • OR
    This broadens your search to include more options based on your search terms. For example, the following insists that either the term college or the term university must be present along with the phrase "student housing" in the title, abstract, or keywords assigned to a citation.

    (college OR university) AND "student housing" 

  • NOT
    This excludes a term from a search and thus helps you narrow your search results.

    You may find that a search on (student AND vulnerability) brings up too many citations related to physical vulnerability. You could add the following to the search in order to exclude articles focusing on that one aspect of the concept of vulnerability.

    (student AND vulnerability) NOT physical

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools can save time and frustration.  Zotero is an extremely useful and capable resource that also aids citation (and full-text article) organization.


  • Easy, quick, open-source (Free) citation manager
  • Works with PC/Mac OS's and Firefox, Chrome, Safari browsers 
  • "Reads" citation data on a web page (icon which allows you to save a citation appears in line with address bar in browser)
  • Format citation in any of 2400+ styles available from Zotero
  • Find help: Getting Your Stuff into Zotero

While Zotero is dedicated to citation management there are also quick ways to cut and paste proper citation formats from many databases, e.g. WorldCat or EBSCO (Academic Search Premier and PsychInfo.) If you are unable to figure out how to create a list of the resources that you find, contact a librarian for a quick demonstration.