How can I find information on post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans?
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2020     Views: 35

You can start your research on this topic using the search box on the library's homepage. Enter:

"post-traumatic stress disorder" AND veteran*

This is a fairly broad search (which means you will get a large amount of results) so, to narrow down your results, try adding additional AND statements to the end of your query. You can also expand a search by using the asterisk (*), which is used as a substitute for all forms of the word. This may or may not work well in this case as placing an asterisk at the end of vet (vet*) will find not only vet, vets, and veterans, but also veterinarian.

For example:

("post-traumatic stress disorder" OR ptsd) AND (veteran* OR vet)

("post-traumatic stress disorder" OR ptsd) AND veteran* AND treatment

ProQuest Social Sciences

We also recommend searching a subject specific database, like ProQuest Social Sciences. You can use the Advanced Search feature and select where to search for your term to help narrow your search. Advanced Search will typically be a link found at the top of the search page or near the search box.

Copy and paste the search below into the search box. The two letters before the search terms (i.e. "SU" or "TI") is a shorthand way of searching specific areas of an article (like subjects or the title) to narrow the search. In the future, you can use the Advanced Search link to select fields that you want to search.Try the following searches:

SU("post traumatic stress disorder" AND veteran*)

SU("post traumatic stress disorder" AND veteran*) AND TI(treatment)

SU("post traumatic stress disorder" AND veteran*) AND TI(famil*) AND (impact* OR effect* OR affect* OR influence*)

Use the limiters on the left side of the results page to limit by characteristics like source type (magazines, newspapers, trade journals, etc.), publication date (last five years) and more.

For more psychology related databases, see our Psychology subject page.

Evaluating Your Results

Keep in mind, not all results will be entirely relevant. You will need to scan the titles and read the descriptions to select the best articles for your topic. For additional information on searching in the University Library, check out the following guides:


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