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Counselling & Educational Psychology: New MEd (Coun Psych)

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This short guide provides you with tips for searching Education topics for relevant articles, using keywords, and getting help.

Use this worksheet, revised for Education researchers, to guide you step-by-step when beginning a new topic search.

Moving Beyond Keyword Searches

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Rumi Graham
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Specific Keywords

Keywords searches in Counselling & Education can be tricky. Here's some of Paula's top tips!

  • counsel* (catches counseling, counselling, counselor, counsellor, etc)
  • vocational guidance
  • Canada (use the nation name, not the nationality)
  • put the word AND between separate concepts

Example search string: vocational guidance AND counsel* AND Canada

If you're having an issues with your searches, please let me know.

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