Your teacher requires you to find a "peer-reviewed journal article" that was published in the past 10 years on a psychology topic of your choice.
Where would you go to do this?
ProQuest Research Library might be a good place to start. This is one of the library's largest online databases. It is a private collection of articles and other information that the library subscribes to.
In other words, the majority of what is in ProQuest is not available through Google or any search engine on the open internet.
While the content in ProQuest Research Library is also indexed in the library's OneSearch tool, let's go use it directly so we can learn how it works.
Choosing a Topic
When choosing a research topic, it's best to pick something that's interesting to you.
For the sake of an example, let's say that you or a friend has been bullied in the past, so you are interested in searching for psychology articles on bullying.
This might turn out to be a huge topic, but you can always narrow it down once you see what kind of search results you're getting.
As you scroll through these results, you might get an idea of how you can narrow down your topic as you look at the titles of various articles.
Narrowing Your Topic
Here are some possible focuses that might stand out as you browse the search results:
bullying behavior and family therapy
social media and/or cyberbullying
popularity and/or peer rejection
You might even get a new idea from pulling out some specific topics in your search results list. For example, what if rejection by peers is a cause of cyberbullying?
Scroll back up to the top of your search results list and click the link towards the upper right to "Modify Search."
Let's change bullying to the more specific term cyberbullying.
We can also click "add a row" to add more search terms. In this case, let's add "peer rejection." Putting the keywords in quotes will search for that exact phrase rather than just looking for the word peer or the word rejection separately.
Take a look at the results. Now there are 65 instead of over 7,000, and it looks like some of them are very relevant to your newly-refined topic.
Great! This will make it a lot easier to choose an article to use for your assignment.