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Psyc101 & 215 Library Workshop: Home

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.

Recommended Books in the SAU library collection

General Book and Article Searching: Library Central

LC Call numbers for Psychology Books

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The PsycInfo Assignment

The class assignment sheet given to you by your particular professor lists any specific criteria the article must meet. Be alert!

Students will be asked to learn how to use the databases for psychology called PsycArticles in ProQuest Central database and to find a empirical quantitative research article published between 2018-2022 from one of the a group of specified peer-reviewed Journals; which may include such as Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Journal of Abnormal and social Psychology, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Journal of Counseling Psychology; Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research; Law and Human Behavior, and so on (Students may be getting a list of approved journals to use by their particular PSYC professor).

Students will be asked to print/scan/save the journal article they find on a topic of their choice having used the above parameters presented in class, they will summarize the article and will write an article reference/citation in APA Format.

The Librarian is available for individual help as well, as needed.

Psychology journal article search

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An example Article

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Need something we don't have here?

Have you found the perfect article but don't know if we subscribe to it? Here are some steps you can take.

1. We may have access to the journal in another database. In Library Central under the A-Z link, you'll find the Periodical Holding List. From here, you can check a comprehensive list of databases in which our journals appear.

2. Try searching for the title of the article in Google Scholar. Any research that makes use of taxpayer funding must be eventually released to the public--you might find an openly available copy of your article.

3. We can go to other libraries that subscribe to the journal and have them send us a copy. You can find a direct link to the ClioWeb interface here

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