Step 1: Start your search for scholarly articles in an article database such as PsycINFO or Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection.
Step 2: Search for one or more of the terms from your topic, such as bowen theory.
The Thesaurus can help you identify what term is used in that particular database to describe your concept/theory. For example, a search for Bowen in the Thesaurus tells you to use the term Family Therapy instead:
Step 3: When searching for topics related to marriage and family, it can be helpful to limit to a subset of articles on those topics. To do that, type in 295* or 3313 and change the drop-down menu to Classification. Doing so searches those areas in the PsycINFO Classification Codes (locate them on the Advanced Search page or on the APA website).
2950 Marriage & Family
2953 Divorce & Remarriage
2956 Childrearing & Child Care
3313 Group & Family Therapy
Step 4: Check the box for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals on the left under Source Types and click the Update button. Use additional ways to narrow your results as needed using the facets on the left.
Step 5: If you find too few results, try broadening your search by using an asterisk (divorc*), listing synonyms or related words (therapy or treatment), or changing the drop-down menu to TX All Text, which will search within the full text of documents.
Step 7: When you find a helpful article, look at the Cited References and Times Cited in this Database to find more articles on the same topic. Or search for the article in Google Scholar, and choose the Cited By link to see what other books/articles have cited it.
Step 8: Don't see the full text of the article? Try these options:
Set up your Ebsco account to save articles in folders across all Ebsco databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete).
Set up your ProQuest account to save articles in folders across all ProQuest databases (e.g. Research Library Complete, ProQuest Psychology Journals).