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PSYC 217/BIOL 217: Behavioral Neuroscience (HC) Fall 2018

Psychology/Biology 217: Behavioral Neuroscience (Been)

*Best Bets*

Use these databases to find articles in the field of neuroscience.

Find Empirical Research Articles

There's no perfect way to find empirical research articles.

Most empirical articles will describe a study that has been done, so you're best bet is to use the word "study" as one of your search words.

Some databases (e.g. PsycInfo, PubMed) have a special limit for different types of articles.​

Try Subject Searching

You are probably most used to keyword searching, in which you brainstorm search words and various synonyms

Subject searching can be used in addition to or as an alternative to keyword searching. If you use the correct subject heading, you will capture synonyms automatically (e.g. "brain injuries" will find "brain injury" and "concussion"). How do you know what the correct subject heading is? You can look them up in many databases. 

  • In PubMed, change the drop-down to "MeSH".
    In PsycInfo, click the "Thesaurus" link.

There are people whose job it is to read articles and assign subject headings to them (i.e. decide what they are "about"). It's kind of like assigning a hashtag to something in Twitter and then being able to search by that hashtag (...kind of).