What do you have to do to successfully complete this assignment? How long will each step take you?
Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish. Set a schedule to finish each task. Put the schedule into your calendar.
Is your topic the right size? Most students choose a topic that is too large. Doing some presearch on your topic can help you get the big picture and understand what narrower topics are available.
Reference resources help you get started on a new topic, answer quick questions, and/or point you to further resources. Examples of reference resources include:
Almanacs - Atlases - Dictionaries - Encyclopedias - Handbooks - Indexes - Thesauri
What questions will you need to answer to write about your topic? What information will you need to find to support your argument?
Make a list to help guide your research.
It's true - keywords are the key to success when it comes to research. Generating a list of keywords before you start searching - and adding to the list as you go - will make you an efficient, effective searcher. If you can't find what your looking for, it's probably due to bad keywords.
General materials in Psychology are shelved together in the BF section of the Library of Congress classification system. To assist you in browsing the library collection, the following provides a further breakdown:
|Psychological Tests and Testing|
|309-499||Consciousness, Cognition, Perception, Intuition|
|511-593||Emotion, Feeling, Affection|
|608-635||Will, Choice, Volition|
|HQ||Family, Marriage, Women|
|HV||Social Service, Welfare, Criminology|
|RC||321-571||Neurology and Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry|
Credo Reference has over 500 items in their virtual reference resource collection, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries & almanacs.