Answered By: Luba Zakharov
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2019     Views: 29

 Hi, I am looking for extra information beyond my textbook on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of 3-6 year olds. I've run a search for peer reviewed journal articles but am having a hard time finding articles that are a good fit. Could you please assist me?

Hi Steve,

You can check for more resources on your topic in the APU Library Catalog.  Start at the library page ( and do a Quick Search in the search box with keywords like,  "development 3 - 6 year old" and hit search.  These search terms are wide (not narrow or specific) and can be a helpful starting point of the research process. As you scan through the results, you may need to consider "what kind of development" you're researching.  Here is an example of a possibly useful result:  (  

Since you've already started your research and are not finding articles that are a good fit, I'd be happy to meet with you to find out what would make a "good fit."  It could be that you need to try another database or, it could be that the keywords you're using are not right for your topic.

As a reminder, you can find more scholarly articles if you go to the Articles and Databases tab, (and if you are looking for resources from a Psychology perspective), and select your subject - like, " Psychology," in the drop down box.  The databases that appear will provide a variety of perspectives from which to begin your research.  Select a database (like, Academic Search Premier) and use the same or similar keywords to search for your topic.  This is the discovery part of the research.  When you've more fully read some of the available research, and considered the perspective on which you'd like to write, then you can contact a librarian who can help you deepen your research as you narrow your topic.

Hope this helps,

Luba Zakharov,