Explore this page for research help specific to PSYC 235: Developmental Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Find topic ideas, learn search strategies, and see highlighted resources from our library collections and recommended websites.
Choosing the right search words or keywords or combination of keywords can help you find the most useful sources for your topic quickly.
In SpartaCat, the library catalog:
The library's catalog searches in the title, summary, publication details, and table of content information for your search keywords. It does not search the text or content of the items themselves.
Thus, searching for something too specific may not give you a lot of results. Searching for major concepts and broad ideas like OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER will lead you to books that you can then use the table of contents and indexes of to find more specific information about your topic.
In the library databases:
The more specific you can be with your search the better. Searching for something general like OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER is likely to give you too many results.
Ask yourself, what do you want to know about your topic? Is there a certain group of people or even a location that you can concentrate on?
A better search strategy would be something like: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER and FAMILY THERAPY and CHILDREN
In library databases, be sure to always choose the full-text option, so that you can read the full article on the screen. You may also choose to check the scholarly / peer-reviewed option, if your instructor requires you to find scholarly articles.
The PsycARTICLES database gives you a field to choose an age group, which is especially helpful for this class, as it focuses on youth. For more about this database, see the Articles in Library Databases page of this guide.