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PSYC 2270: Learning & Study Skills: Choosing topics

How to Select a Topic

Before you begin searching for books or journal articles on your topic, you need to narrow your Psychology topic by considering these three questions:

  1. Who is the focus of my research topic (adolescents, men, college-aged women, elderly, etc.)?
  2. What is the status, illness, or phenomenon I am searching for (eating disorders, alcoholism, memory, etc.)?
  3. What do I want to focus on within this subject (treatment options, socio-economic factors, prevalence, etc.)?


Why is it important to narrow my topic?

If you can answer the above questions, then you will have the concepts (or terms) which you will use to search the databases.  Because there are nearly hundreds of thousands of articles on nearly every topic, you need to be specific in your searches so that your are not bombarded with too many results.

Psychology Topics

Check out these sites for suggestions on psychology related topics.

Definitions and Background Info

Psychology encyclopedias and dictionaries from the Credo Reference database

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