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PSYC 100: Alberta Girardi

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Activity 1: Google vs PsycInfo & PsycArticles

In your breakout room, appoint a notetaker and a timekeeper. Everyone will spend spend half the time searching Google, and half the time searching PsycInfo & PsycArticles exploring the topic of self-talk.

All group members are expected to contribute to the discussion, and any group member may be asked to speak! 

While you search, discuss & take note of the differences. Consider:

  • What kind of sources do you find? Who are the possible audiences and authors for the info you're finding?  
  • Can you find many peer-reviewed articles?
  • What searches work best in each? Long sentences? A few words? Which search terms work best? 
  • Can you easily filter your results to a certain type of source (like peer-review articles) or by date? 
  • Skim your results, and see what ideas you get for narrower topics and keywords 

In each, try to find and access the following article: Parenting behaviors and anxious self-talk in youth and parents 

Finally, discuss as a group, discuss the potential uses and benefits and disadvantages of each. 

Activity 2: Google vs PsycInfo Analogy

In your breakout groups, create an analogy to compare Google & PsycInfo.

“Google is (like) ______, white PsycInfo is (like) _____.”

One member of your groups will add your analogy to the class jamboard!

Alternatively, if you're feeling creative, get out a piece of paper and DRAW an analogy for your group! 

Activity 3: Search

You will be in your breakout groups, but will be searching individually. Feel free to help each other and discuss any issues you're encountering or share strategies with your group that worked well! 

  • Try adding synonyms to your search using the OR search command
  • Use * to shorten a word to its root and search for ANY ending
  • Tell the database to find words only within abstracts
  • Email an article to yourself