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Psyc101 & 215 Library Workshop: Kettmann PSYC 215

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 2019-------Find article for Speed Research Dating; due Friday, September 20   (10 pts)
-Use Psych Info and the Thesaurus feature on 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 2014-2019. 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 or literature review.

- After finding your article, read it, take detailed notes on it (encourage you to use the format on pg 28 of your book), and prepare a 4 minute talk where you explain key parts of your article to a classmate (see below for more detail). You’ll need to be prepared to briefly summarize your article to several peers in the Speed Research Dating exercise in class on 9/20/19.  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, you will give a talk that you have reheased and lasts 4 minutes which summarizes your article, as explained in the list below. 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 have your article on your desk but reading from it is not allowed during your presentation.

-the general topic that the researcher was interested in

--some of 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/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 pausing at groups to listen to  you at times and observing your participation. Your goal for this assignment is to strengthen your understanding of research in psychology, become more fluent and accurate in talking about psychological research, and be exposed to the breadth of research in psychology.

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