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PSYC 470-302: Friendship & Attraction (Fall 2015): Finding books - Franklin, etc.

What's a good book?

Sure, it might be easy to find a book on your topic. But how do you know it's solid work? Or how it fits into the current research community? And what if you're overwhelmed by your Franklin searching ... and all you want is a good book on your topic? These suggestions will help you to answer these questions.

SEARCH HINT!  In a fulltext database - PsycCRITIQUES, JSTOR, and MegaFILE, for example - overwhelming results can be winnowed by adding this synonym set to your search:

(recommended OR excellent OR outstanding OR "must read" OR important OR landmark*)

Even if the review's subject book is not great, perhaps the review will mention a book that shouldn't be missed!

Finding books on friendship & attraction

Franklin, the Penn Library's online catalog, lists the millions of books, journal titles, videos, and other materials held in Penn's campus libraries or available online to Penn readers.

Franklin uses a large array of Library of Congress subjects headings to describe books on friendship and attraction. You can search Franklin using these subject headings in several ways:

  • See the subject heading's subdivisions:

Subject Heading Browse (LCSH) = interpersonal relations

  • Combine two different concepts:

Subject Heading Keyword = friendship "case studies"

  • Build and combine synonym sets:

Keyword Expert = subject:(friendship) AND subject:(youth OR teenage* OR adolescen* OR "high school students")

Here's a large selection of relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings, with "Subject Heading Keyword" searches in Franklin:

friendship "interpersonal relations" love
"attachment behavior" "intimacy (psychology)" "commitment (psychology)"
"interpersonal attraction" "sexual behavior" "sexual attraction"
"interpersonal conflict" "interpersonal communication" "social skills"
"social interaction" "social intelligence" "interpersonal complementarity"
"dating (social customs)" flirting courtship
infatuation "platonic love" "joking relationships"
"love-hate relationships" "summer romance" "first loves"
roommates "best friends" "secret friends"
"relationship addiction" "single men" "single women"
couples "mate selection" marriage
"marital conflict" "civil unions" "same-sex marriage"
"monogamous relationships" "open marriage" "non-monogamous relationships"
polygamy "triangles (interpersonal relations)" "gay men--relations with heterosexual women"
"unmarried couples" "gay men--relations with lesbians" "lesbians--relations with heterosexuals"

Franklin uses Library of Congress subject headings and subject heading subdivisions to describe books about specific age groups and other subpopulations:

adulthood "young adults" teenagers
"... in adolescence" "teenage girls" "teenage boys"
youth children "... in children"
students "college students" "high school students"

Franklin also uses Library of Congress subject heading subdivisions to describe methodologies or data sources:

methodology anecdotes autobiography
"case studies" correspondence "cross-cultural studies"
"longitudinal studies" "personal narratives" testing

You can whittle down very large search results by AND'ing "aspects" that describe a work's disciplinary orientation:

attitudes "health aspects" "moral and ethical aspects"
"physiological aspects" "psychological aspects" "sex differences"
"social aspects"