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Find Sources for Your Research Paper
This page gives specific guidance on finding sources for your paper on mental illness. Consult your syllabus for additional assignment requirements.
Choose a mental illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition [DSM-5] (APA, 2013)
Find a minimum of five scholarly sources less than 10 years old (i.e., only academic journals or scholarly books), in addition to your textbook and the DSM-5. Describe the (a) symptoms, (b) causes, and (c) biological and psychological/social treatments.
- Use PsycARTICLES to locate journal articles
- Example search for articles on symptoms - symptoms AND Schizophrenia
- Use etiology, onset, or risk factors as search terms to find articles about causes
- e.g. etiology AND Schizophrenia
- e.g. onset AND Schizophrenia
Find a minimum of five scholarly sources less than 10 years old (i.e., only academic journals or scholarly books), in addition to your textbook and the DSM-5
- To limit by date and to scholarly sources in PsycARTICLES...
- Check the "peer review" box to find scholarly sources (see image below)
- Use the date "slider" to find current sources (see image below)
To find scholarly books on your topic...
- Type the name of your mental illness in OneSearch's search box
- On your results page, scroll down until you see the Format options on the left side (see image below)
- You may have to click on "Show More" to see all formats listed
- Click on Print Books and eBooks to filter to that set of results
To ensure books are scholarly, investigate:
- What are the author's credentials? Are they a psychologist or other mental health professional?
- Is this book written for professionals, is the language scholarly, or is the book written for the general public?
- Is the publisher a university press, professional organization, or other well-known publisher, (e.g. Wiley, Sage, Elsevier, American Psychological Association)?