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This guide provides useful research information needs of the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape in the Community and Health Science Faculty

Cambridge University Press Psychology eBooks and articles


JoVE Science Education Psychology

Trial ends 15 June 2020

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Google Scholar Search

Exam Papers

Use your Student number and password (yyyymmdd) to access previous question papers.

Off Campus Login

The library page will automatically detect Off Campus users and will thus prompt for your Novell Username ( student no. or staff no.) and Password ( Date of birth - yymmdd, full id no. or passport no.) when required.

Prescribed/Recommended Books

Prescribed textbooks are kept in the short loan section at level 5. Short Loan is a collection of books and photocopies that may be borrowed for a very short time - usually just for few hours or maybe overnight! Click on the PDF icon below to view the list of short loan titles, alternatively search via uKwazi.

How many books may you borrow out with your student card?

Department of Psychology

Psychology Conference

Welcome to the Psychology Library Guide

STOP COVID-19  (other languages)

HIFA profile: Kuku Voyi is chair of the School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


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Where to find books for your subject

child development 155.4 and 305.321
child psychology 155.4
Clinical psychology 616.89
Developmental psychology 155
Personality 155.2
Psychological research methods 616.8914
Psychology 150

Credo Reference: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Reference Books

Credo Reference Service helps researchers build context by providing background information and key terms enabling more efficient research.


Searching Tips

Boolean Operators ( AND, OR, NOT )

Join concepts: adolescents AND teenagers

Synonyms: alcohol OR substance

Excluding words from your search: risky behavior NOT community violence

Phrase searching: "..." ( inverted commas )

" risky behavior "

Truncations: * at the end of a word or within a word

adolesc* search for adolescent, adolescents

behavi*r search for behaviour, behavior 

Parentheses () 

to enclose search strategies will customize your results to more accurately reflect your topic

( substance abuse OR alcohol abuse) AND risky behavior

not return substance abuse or alcohol abuse when risky behavior is not mentioned

("substance abuse" AND "alcohol abuse" ) AND ("sibling" OR "brother") AND ( risky behavi*r AND "parent support")

Citation Search

Find out if article have been cited by other authors.

Help to find more recent papers.

Indicate the importance of a piece of research.

Help to make your literature review more comprehensive.

Google Scholar and SCOPUS help with citation searching

Systematic Review

Use PICO as tool to analyze the parts of your question. 


People/patient/problem Intervention/exposure Comparison Outcomes
What are the important characteristics of the patients &/or problem? What you plan to do for the patient or problem? What, if anything, is the alternative to the intervention? What is the outcome that you would like to measure?
people who exercise warm up before exercise no warm up injury prevention

PICO is a good framework to help clarify your systematic review question.

Beyond PICO: the SPIDER tool for qualitative evidence synthesis.

Book an appointment

Make an appointment to see your Librarian who can help you select database/s or other search tools, or find books, journal articles etc for your research project. Library Hours

About this guide

The content of this guide was developed by Veliswa Tshetsha and reused with permission.

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