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Forensic Behavioral Health (HSV)

Authoring Research Questions and the Research Process

Watch this tutorial for help creating a research question and learning more about the research process, from choosing a topic to finding sources:


Keywords and Search Terms

Searching in the library's resources depends on the keywords - or search terms - you use. Instead of searching for a whole question or sentence, break your topic into keywords. Mix and match different combinations of keywords to get different results when searching. Also, think of similar or related terms you can search for.

For example:

Research question: How does childhood abuse impact adult mental health?

Possible keyword combinations:

  • child abuse AND mental health
  • childhood abuse AND adult depression
  • anxiety AND childhood neglect

Mix and match different keywords to find different articles.

Need more help with keywords? Ask a librarian or watch the video below:

Keywords for Forensic Behavioral Health

To find articles on forensic behavioral health, consider searching for related topics and synonyms for topics in the field. For example:

  • human services
  • case workers
  • social workers
  • psychologists

Research Process

What Is Peer-Review?

Peer-reviewed journals go through a rigorous process. Other scholars in the field review articles to ensure they meet scholarly and research standards. 

Peer-reviewed articles and journals are considered 'scholarly' -- they are created by scholars and for scholars.

Note that all peer-reviewed journals are scholarly, but not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.

Watch this video for more information on Peer-review and types of sources:

Searching For Peer Reviewed Articles in Library Databases

Peer-Reviewed articles are included in OneSearch and most library databases. You can narrow your search to only include articles in peer-reviewed journals.

To limit to peer-reviewed articles in OneSearch select "Peer-reviewed Journals" from the Availability menu on the left. Other databases have similar filters.


Related Research Guides

Need more tips for research and finding sources? Check out these guides for more help: