When searching for materials about suicide prevention, some good search strategies include searching general subject headings, such as suicidal behavior, prevention of suicide and prevention. Use specialized subject headings to limit your population, e.g., youth, suicidal behavior, United States, prevention. Other search strategies include searching for specific triggers (grief, bullying, depression) and then ANDing the search with the terms mentioned above.
Remember to keep track of your searches! Record the date, database, and search terms you used, and look in the Complete Information box in PsycInfo for additional subject headings that may apply to your particular topic. Keep a list of subject headings you want to search on the next time you research your topic so you know where to start. Use a citation management system to download your citations. It is a real time-saver when you sit down to write your paper.
In addition to these strategies, it might be worth spending some time to see how better to use the USF Libraries' resources and research tools. These links will lead you to the FMHI Research Library Guide where you can click on the Instructional Videos tab at the top to see the learning units available online.
For more information on how to find materials for research papers or how to use these and other tools, contact us at the FMHI Research Library here.