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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Identify research material that interest you, and propose your own idea for a study.
Make minor changes to a study, design a study based on "future directions" suggested by a published author, or propose a design entirelu dissimilar to anything you're read.

Example topic of interest:
The Bystander Effect  and...


Step 2.1: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias


Step 2.2: Get Background Information

Subject Specific Encyclopedias

Extensive & scholarly  - Gain a more in-depth understanding of your topic

Cover Art
A Dictionary of Psychology
Call Number: BF31 .C65 2001
Location: Reference

Cover Art
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Call Number: BF31 .E52 2000 v.1-8
Location: Reference

Cover Art
Handbook of Positive Psychology
Call Number: BF121 .H212 2005
Location: Reference


Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms


 "Bystander Effect" • "Bystander Apathy" 
Computers • Online •  Cyber Digital
"Future Research" • "Proposed Research"
Methods Methodology



Research Tip: Use a Concept Map to Brainstorm

Option #1:

Option #2:

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