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GERO 320: Introduction to Aging: Research Guide

Getting Started - finding articles using Primo

You need at least four peer-reviewed sources for your research paper assignment. These sources must be from scholarly journals and/or books. The resources in this guide will help you conduct this research using the library.

Primo (the library's main search) is a great place to start any research project because it includes pretty much everything that WOU has available to you through all our databases. Download the PDF handout below for tips on how best to search Primo.


How to search using Primo (the WOU library search engine)

Top Gerontology Databases - Psychology & Sociology

While Primo is a great place to start your research, you may also want to use subject-specific databases, which are smaller but may produce more relevant results. 

The slideshow to the right shows you how to search for articles in the PsycINFO databases in 5 easy steps. While this is specific to PsycINFO, the process is very similar in all the databases below, since they all use the EBSCOHost interface.

Google Scholar

Because it covers all topics (psychology, sociology, etc.) Google Scholar can be a great place to find scholarly articles. Just remember, the library can get you any article you need--never pay extra for something you find on Google Scholar! Instead, use the "Find It @ WOU" links to automatically search for the article through the library.
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Finding articles using PsycINFO

Use the arrows on the bottom to navigate. Select the three dots to expand to full screen 

Download the PDF handout below to refer back to while you're searching:

How to search using EBSCO databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, PsycINFO, SocINDEX)

APA Citation Help



NoodleTools helps you write citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago format, and create annotated bibliographies. It also has tools to create notecards, draft an outline of your paper and keep track of "To Do" tasks. Citations can be exported directly to your Google Drive, or to Word or other formats.

How to Set-up and Use NoodleTools

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