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PSYC 201: Research Methods and Data Analysis FALL 2021

Electronic Reference Resources


Elsevier encyclopedias

  • Click here. Click on the magnifying glass at the top (to the right of the text "journals and books". A box will open where you can search by your topic. Then, on the left, you can restrict by "Article type",. Select encyclopedia.

In the next link, select the green Sage reference link on the middle right. Put in your search:

Medline Plus. Source of popular or relatively popular information about medical topics, but check for psychological concepts as well. 

Merck Manuals   Includes information about diseases as well as a drug look up feature. Check them for psychological topics as well that might have a medical basis.

Video Tutorial: Finding an Ebook

To discover books and ebooks, go to ASA, the library catalog near the top of the library homepage.  See this video tutorial about how to limit your search in ASA to ebooks. .Also, see the  Ebooks library guide.   

Review Articles

"Review articles " are a type of scholarly journal article. They are a good source of background information about a field. They give you an overview of a field. Here are a few journals that provide review articles. For the class exercise about finding background information, you can use one of the sources below. Later in the exercise, you'll spend more time looking for review articles. For now, you can just look around in the sources below.

Current Directions in Psychological Science

From journal website: "Current Directions in Psychological Science (CDPS) is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal featuring reviews by leading experts covering all of scientific psychology and its applications. Current Directions features topics such as language, memory and cognition, development, the neural basis of behavior and emotions, various aspects of psychopathology, and theory of mind. ". Scroll to it in the link provided above.

Make sure the search results appear in descending order, descending that is by time of publication.

Popular Articles: Magazine and Newspaper Articles

You can also use one of the popular article resources on the next page of the guide to find background information. 

Using Google and Wikipedia

One source of background information is Google

Try using the advanced Google search interface.

Regarding Wikipedia, see the Wikipedia article about the Reliability of Wikipedia.

Evaluate what you find, using the "Evaluating .Web Resources" box; see the next box.

Evaluating Web Resources

Web resources can be rich sources of information on a topic, but when conducting research, it's important to consider the quality and accuracy of sites you visit on the open web. Use the CRAPP test to determine whether a web resource is trustworthy: