PSYC 2310 - Experimental Methods and Statistics
Identifying and locating journal articles
Introduction to Research Techniques
A research paper presents the results of your investigations on a selected topic. Based on your own thoughts and the facts and ideas you have gathered from a variety of sources, a research paper is a creation that is uniquely yours. The experience of gathering, interpreting, and documenting information, developing and organizing ideas and conclusions, and communicating them clearly will prove to be an important part of your education.
During the initial stages of your research, identifying and defining your basic premise, hypothesis, or topic, you may need to consult basic reference sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, and handbooks.
Blackwell encyclopedia of social psychology. Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1999, 1995. [also available online]
Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science. New York : Wiley, c2001. [ also available online 2001]
BF31 .E52 2001
Encyclopedia of human behavior. San Diego, CA : Academic Press, c1994.
BF31 .E5 1994 Library Use Only
Encyclopedia of human emotions. New York : Macmillan Reference USA, c1999.
BF531 .E55 1999
Encyclopedia of mental health. San Diego : Academic Press, c1998.
RA790.5 .E53 1998
Encyclopedia of psychology. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
BF31 .E52 2000
Encyclopedia of stress. Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c1999.
BF575.S75 M235 1999
Dictionary of cognitive science : neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and philosophy.
New York : Psychology Press, 2004.
BF311 .V56 2004 Library Use Only
A dictionary of psychology.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001. [ also available online]
BF31 .C65 2001
Cardwell, Mike. The dictionary of psychology.
BF31 .C37 1999
Corsini, Raymond J. The dictionary of psychology. Philadelphia, PA : Brunner/Mazel, c1999.
BF31 .C72 1999
Roeckelein, Jon E. Dictionary of theories, laws, and concepts in psychology. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
[ also available online ]
BF31 .R625 1998
Stuart-Hamilton, Ian. Dictionary of cognitive psychology. London ; Bristol, Pa. : J. Kingsley, c1995.
BF201 .S78 1995
Reed, Jeffrey G. Library use : a handbook for psychology. 2d ed. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c1992.
BF76.8 .R43 1991
Sternberg, Robert J. The psychologist's companion : a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers. Cambridge (England) ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
BF76.8 .S73 1993
Street, Warren R. A chronology of noteworthy events in American psychology. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c1994.
BF108.U5 S77 1994
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2010.
BF76.7 .P83 2010 Library Use Only
Gelfand, Harold. Mastering APA style : Student's workbook and training guide. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 1994.
BF76.7 .G44 1990
The psychology student writer's manual. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2002.
BF76.8 .P76 2002
Rosnow, Ralph L. Writing papers in psychology : a student guide. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth Thomson Learning, c2001. 5th ed.
BF76.7 .R67 2001
No one library can possible have all the books necessary to support the wide-ranging research interests of its users. If you do not locate books appropriate to your research in our catalog, you should search WorldCat, an international online catalog of books, journals, maps, audiovisual materials, and Internet sites available from American and foreign libraries. If you locate books or other research materials in WorldCat, you can request to borrow them through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. In order to use the ILL service, you must first register as an ILLiad user. This is a free registration that allows us to verify you as a Rensselaer user and provides us with your contact information so that we can keep you informed on the status of your requests.
PsycINFO : The primary resource for researching the journal literature in psychology and other behavioral sciences is PsycINFO, the online version of the print tool Psychological Abstracts. PsycINFO contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports, all in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Journal coverage, dating back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals written in over 30 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material published from 1987-present. Over 60,000 references are added annually through weekly updates.
PsycARTICLES® is a definitive source of searchable full text articles on current issues in psychology. The PsycARTICLES database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 25,000 searchable full text articles from 38 journals published by the APA and 4 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 42 journals. Coverage spans from 1988 to the present.
Another important research tool is Web of Science , the online version of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. This resource is most useful as a tool after you have already identified a primary article that is relevant and important to your research. This database allows you to quickly and easily build an extensive bibliography by identifying those articles which have cited your primary article as well as the other articles they cite.
- Academic Search Premier : information from a wide range of academic areas including business, social sciences, humanities, general academic, general science, education and multicultural studies.
- ERIC Educational Resources Information Service through EBSCO; and through the U.S. Dept. of Education (fulltext of documents).
- Research Library : information from over 1800 newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics including the arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, sciences.