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I'm doing a literature review for my PSY205 Research Methods class and need help.

My research topic is to find scholarly materials about whether or not a person's taste in music affects his/her behavior and maybe whether the choice of music might indicate social/emotional/behavioral issues.
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I’m so happy you decided to give me a call this afternoon and that we were able to address so many of your questions in one session online together. You are supposed to do a literature review for the research question: Could a person’s taste in music affect his/her behavior?


Here’s a quick overview of what we did and in which collections:

1.       We used the home page to make an initial “discovery” search using the phrase “music AND behavior”

2.       We examined a few of the book/eBook titles to gather applicable subject headings (controlled vocabulary terms used by databases, too) to streamline our search for journal articles later

3.       Some of the subject headings we thought might work included:

a.       Music – instruction and study

b.      Music therapy

c.       Neuropsychology

d.      Music – psychological aspects (this is the one we ended up focusing on for your project)

4.       Next, we clicked “Find an article” and chose the psychology modules in EBSCO’s All Reference Databases collection (psycINFO, psycExtra, psycArticles, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences) along with Academic Search Complete (to use as a document-delivery mechanism)

5.       We switched to Advanced search so we could stipulate that the words be found as “SU Subject Terms” associated with the articles (instead of just anywhere in the article or information about the article)

6.       I showed you quickly how to search for full-text if none came up with the citation (looking up the name of a journal in the AtoZ eResources List and then drilling down to it from the citation, if available) or else using the Article Request form to get a copy from another library, assuming we didn’t have it in our collection but you really, really, really needed it ;^)

7.       We also did a quick search for additional materials in the APA psycBooks eBook collection, where we chose a few book chapters that seemed on point, and did another quick search in the ScienceDirect database, again using the subject terms we had figured out, even though there really wasn’t a way to restrict that source to anything better than a keyword search (but we still found a lot of additional good “stuff”)

8.       Also, we looked at how to send articles from the databases along with citations, how to use EasyBib for create and format citations, and LibAnswers (where there is a message about signing up for EasyBib)

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