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Scientific Literature: Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Students

Where, How?

Where to search for scientific literature?

This guide or CMU Library website is the right place, although google or google scholar is more popular for two reasons:

  • CMU library collection includes a variety of scientific publications.
  • You don't need to pay extra money to get access to the library collection.

How to search for scientific literature?

Two major strategies:

  • Searching disciplinary databases: this can be used at the beginning of a research stage by either keyword or subject, although keyword and subject index can represent concepts differently. 
  • Tracking relevant and important publications by citation network, authors. As you find a highly relevant publication, tracking its citations / references is more efficient. Usually, the challenging task is to identify a central debate or argument, and significant publications in particular research area to prepare for you to develop the research literature. There are a few of techniques:
    • Use citation databases: Web of Science or Scopus to track highly cited publications, research frontiers, lead researchers. Click this link to watch a search example
    • Use textbooks and major reference books to identify landmark studies, research history,
    • Use systematic review or meta analysis publications to track relevant publications on a topic.

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