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Psyc101 & 215 Library Workshop: Kettmann PSYC215

This guide will help you fulfill the class assignment where the professor asks for you to obtain a recent, peer-reviewed "empirical study" or "quantitative study" journal article for which you will have to summarize, evaluate and create a citation.

Assignment 1 Instructions

Library Class Period Instruction Fall 2017


Find article for Speed Research Dating Exercise due Monday, September 18th   10 pts

-Use Psych Info to find a research article published in a journal related to psychology. To begin, follow directions of the librarian to find a quantitative research article that was published between 2012-2017. Remember that a quantitative article is one in which numerical data was collected and tested as opposed to an article that simply is a literature review or a qualitative research study, where narrative data-not quantifiable data- is collected.

-  The article needs to also be from a journal that is “peer-reviewed”. Recall our class discussion on this--it refers to the article being one that was reviewed by peers in the same field as the author with a high level of expertise on the topic. “Peers” are part of the journal’s editorial review board and decide whether a study is strong in its methodology and in its contribution to the field. The research librarian will be able to clarify how to narrow your search in Psych Info to include only peer-reviewed journals.  Finally, the article should also be considered “empirical” in nature. This refers to the researchers in your article doing their own actual data collection or experimentation, as opposed to summarizing others’ research, as in something like a meta-analysis.

- After finding your article, read it, take detailed notes on it (encourage you to use the format on pg 28 of your book), and be prepared to briefly summarize it to several peers in the Speed Research Dating exercise in class on Monday, Sept 18.  Do not use phrasing or sentences from the article in your presentation to your peer. This should be fully in your own words.

During the exercise, be prepared to talk for 4 minutes to summarize the article and the key sections. Then you and your partner will have 1 minute for joint discussion and questions about what you have presented. You’ll have an opportunity to hear multiple mini peer presentations during the exercise, as well.

What should you cover in your 4 minute presentation—PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME AND BE WELL REHEARSED, making sure you can cover what is needed in four minutes. You may bring in notes, but you should only glance at them from time to time, not read them:

-the general topic that the researcher was interested in and the background literature that was shared on the theme

-specific research hypotheses tested, participants, how and what data was collected

- results of study, how results were meaningful, how results compared with past research, limitations and ideas for future research.

You will rotate to 3 different people in class on this day so that you are giving your presentation three times and hearing about three different studies. This should give you the opportunity to make minor adjustments and corrections to your presentation as you go and learn from your peer’s questions, presentation style, and explanations as well. You will earn 10 points for participating with adequate preparation on your part. Dr. Kettmann will be walking around the room and observing your participation.

Assignment 1 Article Sources