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Psychology Research Guide: Tips for PSYC306 Spr2021

This guide will help you get started on researching topics in psychology. Your librarian can help you further as well.

helpful APA style citation guides

Your librarians at the Reference Desk in the library atrium can look over your in-text and references citations before handing in your paper to your professor. We can also help by email at or with your Psychology librarian 
Please use your SAU email account when emailing us to indicate you need a citation check-up and attach the paper or google share it. Thanks.

The Film Analysis Assignment

The films and the terms



12 Angry Men (1957)

Prejudice, persuasion

The Blind Side (2009)

Social influence

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Prejudice, discrimination

The Hurricane (1991)

Prejudice, discrimination

Save the Last Dance (2001)


American History X (1998)


As Good as it Gets (1997)

Bias (homophobia), attitude change

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Attitude change

Crash (2004)

Bias, reliance on stereotypes

Ed Wood (1994)

Group dynamics

Lifeboat (1944)

Prejudice, attitude change, conformity

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Bias, conformity, attitude change

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Conformity and deindividuation

Stand by Me (1986)

Conformity, peer pressure

13 Going on 30 (XXXX)

Peer pressure

Just One of the Guys (1985)

Stereotypes, peer pressure, attitude change

Shrek (2001)

Prejudice, Conformity

The Literature Review assignment

Some examples of a literature review

What is a literature review?

A literature review considers the critical points of current knowledge including substantive findings, as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular topic. Literature reviews are secondary sources and, as such, do not report any new or original experimental research or findings. When someone conducts a literature review, they synthesize the current research about a specific topic into one paper.

How is a literature review done?

Literature reviews are a multi-step process and can be time consuming. Choosing the right topic and finding the right primary research to address that topic is half the battle. After that, it is about finding patterns in the research and then writing the paper well, in accordance with the common structure for literature reviews (in APA format).