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Method and Theory in Psychology (50:830:255)

Psychology Librarian

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Samantha Kannegiser
Samantha Kannegiser
Student Success Librarian
Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers-Camden
300 N. 4th St.
Camden, NJ 08201

This page will help you find and access articles, both peer-reviewed and popular, in library indexes and databases and Google Scholar. 

Finding Articles

To find articles, you can use the following access points:

  • QuickSearch  (QuickSearch Help): Use one search bar to find journals, articles, books, periodicals, videos, and more. 
  • APA PsycInfoProvides abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences. Searching by subject heading is suggested.
  • PubMedVast collection of biomedical literature.
  • Google ScholarSearch engine for scholarly literature across disciplines. 
  • Sociological AbstractsCovers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, dating from 1952 to present.
  • ScopusAbstracts and citations of peer-reviewed literature covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

PsycInfo Tutorial

Searching Tips

  • Start with broad keywords which represent your topic, then narrow down your topic as you learn more.
  • Determine the correct SUBJECT heading for more specific searching. 
  • Pay attention to what is available in the database you are searching (full-text access, publication years, subjects, etc.)
  • If you are not finding anything, or you are finding too much, change your keywords and ask for help.
  • Looking for Empirical Studies? Check for these words: this study, control group, participants, sample, respondents, methodology.
  • More searching tips are available. 

Accessing the Article

We subscribe to thousands of journals, but not to all of the journals you may find cited in our electronic databases. If you find an article you want to read and the full text is not available via PDF or HTML links, try the following:  

1. Select the button. Select the link to full-text

2. If you do not see a link to full text, select “Search the library’s catalog by title (or ISSN) link” which will take you to the catalog record for the journal title (if available). Check if the article is available online in the Electronic Access section.The record also indicates whether the library system owns the periodical in paper or in other formats.  

3If Rutgers University Libraries has the article, but not electronically, you can request a free, electronic copy (PDF) by clicking on the Article Delivery button in the record.

4. If RUL does not have the article at all, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.  Requested articles are delivered electronically as PDF files. The turnaround time is generally 1-3 days. 


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