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Applied Behavior Analysis

Using search strings to search specific journals simultaneously

Different databases will process a search string in various ways. Take note of your results to understand what the database is doing. Use the drop down search menu or the database's index to choose a prefix code which will more accurately limit your results to what you need. In library databases, you often must leave off A, an, or the in beginning titles.

“Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis” OR “Behavior Analysis in Practice” OR “Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice” OR “Analysis of Verbal Behavior” OR “Journal of Behavioral Education” OR “Education and Treatment of Children” OR “Behavior Modification” OR “Psychological Record” OR “Perspectives on Behavior Science” OR “Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders” OR “Research in Developmental Disabilities”




Keywords and search strings for single study experimental research design

You can search a single keyword for one type of design, or you can search multiple terms at once when any one of the terms work for your research need:


“multiple baseline” OR reversal OR ABA* design” OR “multiple treatment reversal” OR alternating treatment”

Try browsing the following journals (This is not an exhaustive list.)

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysis in Practice (No full text, use ILL)

Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice

Analysis of Verbal Behavior (No full text, use ILL)

Journal of Behavioral Education

Education and Treatment of Children

Behavior Modification

Psychological Record (not indexed in APA Pscyinfo. Use Education Source.)

Perspectives on Behavior Science (no full text, use ILL)

Behavior Analyst (now called Perspectives on Behavior Science)

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research in Developmental Disabilities

To browse within a specific journal:

1. Go to the University Library home page:

2. In the main search box area on the left, Arrow down to select “Journals”

3. Enter the journal title

4. A list of results will appear. Select the correct title with the "online access" option.

6. Click "online access". A list of databases that cover that journal title will appear. The date range for coverage is listed, so consider that when selecting your database.

7. The search interface is a little different for each database, but most databases let you browse and search for specific terms.