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HDFS101: Individual and Family Development

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You're required to use at least one journal article published within the last 10 years for your My Virtual Life (MVL) child and adult development papers.

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Steps to searching

  1. For each paper, identify which of the three prompts you will address.
  2. Identify the key concepts that describe your research topic.
  3. Brainstorm different keywords or phrases that you can use to search.
  4. In APA PsycInfo, put your keywords for each concept into each search box. You should start by searching 2 or 3 concepts. Try or add different keywords for each concept if you don't find what you need from your initial search.
  5. Use limits, such as publication date or source type, to refine/improve your search.
  6. Review your results to find what you need: skim titles, read abstracts, etc.
  7. Get the PDFs and citation information for sources you may want to use.

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