UWP102H: Writing in Human Development and Psychology

by Melissa Browne – May 5, 2022

Use this guide to identify sources for your FA 3: Literature Review. For a comprehensive listing of scholarly search tools, visit the UC Davis Library website.


Melissa Browne

Student Services Librarian



In this Guide:

Consider these questions to help you focus your research:

1. TOPIC/QUESTION(S): What do you already know? What do you still want to find out?

2. SOURCES: What types of evidence would help inform your thinking about this topic?

Types of Sources:

Research Tool:

Books, E-books UC Davis Library Catalog
Articles Subscription Database(s)  – Subject Guides
Web Sources Commercial Search Engine(s), e.g. DuckDuckGo, Google


3. SEARCH: What has been published in credible sources?

4. ANALYZE: It’s likely you will revise your search strategies and/or perspective on your topic as you navigate the research process.

Narrow the G_A_P if your topic is broad:

  • Geography, e.g by location or setting
  • Aspect/Angle e.g. type of therapy/treatment/intervention, medication
  • Population e.g. age range, sex, ethnicity

Example: Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Revised: What are effective therapies (Aspect) for Dissociative Identity Disorder in adults (Population)?

  • Additional strategies to narrow your topic:
    • Research methodology, e.g. empirical study, case study, clinical trial
    • Publication date, e.g. last 3-5 years


If you have questions about search tools or strategies:

  • Ask a Librarian (24/7 online chat service staffed by librarians from the U.S. and U.K.)
  • Drop-in Research Help (available Monday-Friday 10am-5pm via Zoom)
  • Send Me an Email (ask a question or request a virtual appointment)