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PSY 212: Personality: Finding a Topic, Planning your Research

Exploratory Searching

While we want you to use scholarly, peer-reviewed sources for this paper, it's a lot easier to find "the good stuff" if you spend some time brainstorming and seeing what's out there on the open web.

Google is great at the very beginning of your search.

Credo is a bunch of encyclopedias smooshed together and will give you an broad overview of a wide range of topics.

Typing your topic into WISE can also be useful in figuring out what's out there!

PsycINFO has some great tools for early searching!

Plan and write it out

Working Topic:

Three research questions:


Words and synonyms to search:


What Research Is