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Research guide for finding counseling resources and content.

Finding Articles

The best way to find articles would be to use the Discover@UMSL search tool, which can be found on the library's homepage. Discover brings up many different results from all of our various databases, but not everything. If you would like search on a more specific topic, consider searching directly in one of our subject-specific databases.


Break down your search into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.

EXAMPLE: counseling AND adolescents

Other terms for counseling could be therapy, psychotherapy, or treatment.
Combining different terms gives you different terms.


Clearly define your search statement. Trouble spots to look out for:

Too Broad - EXAMPLE: adolescents

  • Solution: Add another concept to your topic which will narrow your search and make it more focused.
    EXAMPLE: adolescents AND depression

Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: adolescents AND depression AND "self harm"

[NOTE: To search a phrase use quotes]

  • Solution: Remove one secondary concept from your search string.
    EXAMPLE: adolescents AND depression" AND "self harm"

Keyword & Subject Suggestions

  • Counseling
    • Psychology
    • Therapy
    • Treatment
  • Adolescent
    • Teen
    • Teenagers
    • Youth
    • Age Differences
    • Adolescent Development 

Journal Suggestions