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Psychology Research Methods (21:830:302)

A guide to library research

Introduction

This guide has been updated with the goal of helping students in the Spring 2021 Psychology Research Methods course get started with finding peer-reviewed journal articles for their research project and other course assignments.  It is intended to complement and supplement the February 2021 library research instruction sessions.  By no means is this an exhaustive guide to doing research, so if you have any questions, please get in touch with Naomi Gold or Bonnie Fong at dana_science@libraries.rutgers.edu or Ask-A-Librarian.

** SPECIAL NOTE: Please be aware that there were differences in the learning objectives for the 2/3/2021 session for Dr. Zambrano-Varghese's class and the 2/22/2021 session for Dr. Halpern's class. Content from both sessions are included in this guide. Please get in touch with Naomi Gold or Bonnie Fong at dana_science@libraries.rutgers.edu if you have any questions about this. **

2/3/2021 Library Research Session for Dr. Zambrano-Varghese's class

Learning Objectives:

Students will learn how to find peer-reviewed journal articles using the APA Psycinfo database. Upon completion of the session, students will be able to:

  1. execute an effective search in the APA Psycinfo database in order to find peer-reviewed journal articles about their topic
  2. employ an efficient search in Google Scholar for articles about their topic
  3. determine if an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal
  4. identify the different methods to access the full-text of an article
  5. locate APA style citations in APA Psycinfo and Google Scholar

2/22/2021 Library Research Session for Dr. Halpern's class

Learning objectives:

Students attending the Spring 2021 library research session on February 22, 2021, for their Experimental Methods for Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences class will be able to:

  1. perform a basic search in LitCovid for articles related to COVID-19
  2. execute an effective search in the APA PsycInfo database in order to find peer-reviewed journal articles about their topic
  3. employ an efficient search in Google Scholar for articles about their topic
  4. determine if an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal
  5. identify the different methods to access the full-text of an article
  6. locate APA style citations in QuickSearch, APA PsycInfo, and Google Scholar

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