The Research Process
Find a topic
Gather background info
Develop a strategy
Try combining keywords
Find Articles and/or Books
Find other reliable sources of info appropriate to the requirements of your assignment
Write Your Paper
Cite Your Sources
Find topic ideas
Sources for topic ideas include news sources, info from the APA, conference programs, and reference sources. Some are linked below.
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Welcome to SSU Library's online research guide for PSY700 with Prof. Jessica Graham.
This online research guide was designed to assist you with learning about peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of psychology including: how to identify them, how to find them using library databases, how to read and analyze them, and why they are important to use in your research. You may also want to check out the Psychology LibGuide for more resources.
Types of resources
|What you need...||Resource to go to...|
|Basic facts, names, dates, definitions, topic overview||Reference resources like encyclopedias; reliable websites|
|Current information, written for the general public||Newspapers; Magazines|
|In depth info on a topic||Books|
|Original materials created at same time as event||Primary sources (diaries; speech; interviews; news footage, etc.)|
|Detailed analysis of a topic/question/problem written for professionals in a particular field||Scholarly journal articles|
How to access library resources
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