Case Conference: MODIFIED (Herbert, Hodin, Murphy)


Use these to learn more about different causes, treatment, and recovery.

As you read, write down keywords (they will help later).

National Alliance on Mental Illness website
National Institute of Mental health

DATABASES & Google Scholar

Google Scholar


Finding specific aspects of the disorder

To find relevant journal articles, you may want to narrow your search. For specific treatments, causes, or behaviors related to a disorder, try looking at the NIMH website. If you are still having difficulty identifying specific aspects of the disorder, then put the disorder name and a relevant keyword into a Google search. Example searches:

"anorexia nervosa" and treatment

depression and causes

"borderline personality disorder" and behavior

Once you have specific search terms (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants, etc.), then go to a database and search these terms along with the disorder. For example:

"anorexia nervosa" and "nutritional counseling"

depression and genetics

"borderline personality disorder" and “distorted self-image"

Quotation Marks

Use quotations to find an exact phrase. For example:

"personality disorder"

"attachment disorder"

"post-traumatic stress disorder"

"social anxiety phobia"

"anorexia nervosa"

Advanced Search and Sorting Results

Most databases provide links or a drop-down menu to sort by relevance or date.

Most databases have a link called Advanced or Advanced Search. Using Advanced Search, you may be able to:

          • limit the date range
          • limit the document type
          • refine your keyword search
          • limit to peer-reviewed only