This page contains information specific to the assignment for the Winter 2017 course, Section A in Durham, taught by Prof. Im-Bolter.
If you're taking a different section of this course, find general information under the "Articles" tab above. Your assignment is different.
These tutorials help you understand the concepts required to complete your research effectively. Take the time to read them now, and avoid frustration. This information was covered in the library instruction class at the beginning of term, but it was a lot to remember. Use the tutorial tabs to locate specific information you can't remember clearly.
This video walks you through the process of accessing and searching PsycINFO, then following the link to an online article. This is a demonstration of the process outlined in the Finding Articles tutorial.
Need to filter your results to "empirical studies"? Empirical articles report on a measurable (quantitative) study done by the authors.
In PsycINFO it's easy to show only empirical studies. After performing your search, look at the results screen.
To remove this restriction, click on the "X". You'll be shown all your results again.
Compare each of these documents. Which is the scholarly journal article?
None of these is a scholarly journal article. How can you most easily eliminate these types of documents? Use PsycINFO for your search. None of these can be found using PsycINFO, because it doesn't include these kinds of documents. PsycINFO focuses on scholarly journals and books.
Scholars have a specialized method of communicating and sharing knowledge, across time and space, whether they've met each other or not. They communicate through the publication of journal articles.
Once the new information becomes more mainstream, it's included in various books, textbooks, websites, etc.
What does this mean for a 1st year Psychology students?
For your research paper, you need to locate and read at least ONE scholarly empirical article on the psychological disorder you're writing about. This guide provides the help you need to find it.
One of the goals of this assignment is to help you become familiar with finding, recognizing, reading, and using scholarly articles - an essential tool for Psychology students. Psychological research is based on empirical studies which are completed by experts in the field and published in respected scholarly journals. Researchers at all levels need to become proficient and comfortable with using them.
For this research, you want to use the database PsycINFO. Why? Because it's a database created just for scholars looking for published research in Psychology. It's a unique database with search options particularly useful for Psychology. When you use PsycINFO to obtain your article, you won't find general websites, blogs, or fluffy material - because it's not a database for the general public. Below you'll find a link to the database, and tips on how to use it. You can also find this information from the "Articles" tab at the top of this page.
PsycINFO is an indexing database, which means it provides detailed information about an article, but it doesn't provide the full article. Your "Results" screen gives a brief description of the articles found with your search term(s). Click the title of an article to get the "Full" description, which includes:
To get from the description (citation) of the article to the full text of the article, look for options under "Full text availability:".
This is an example of a scholarly article which is NOT empirical.
This is an example of a scholarly article which IS empirical.