Skip to Main Content
SSU ship logo and 'Salem State University' text

PSY 203/204 Research Methods & Statistics: Home

Updates Spring 2020

Attention!  Check for updated info here:

Library Closure Updates March 2020 - Ongoing

Find topic ideas

Sources for topic ideas include news sources, info from the APA, conference programs, and reference sources.  

How to access library resources


Your Clipper Card is your library card!  Use it to check out books, request items from other libraries, photocopy and print!

Visit the Library Catalog

Databases/Electronic Resources

On campus you will have instant access to the library's databases and other electronic resources.  When accessing these materials from off-campus you will be asked to log-in using your Navigator/wireless network username and password.

Visit the library's Database Page



Image from:

Welcome to SSU Library's online research guide for PSY 203 and 204 

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.

The Research Process



Understanding your assignment

Developing a topic


Brainstorming keywords


Finding and evaluating information



Detailed further in this online guide

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

Subject Guide

Profile Photo
Cathy Fahey
Pronouns: she/her

Book an appointment for a phone or video convo!

Want to text? My Google Voice number is 617-863-7232. I’ll respond M-F, 9-4

office: 978-542-7203

Library Info


Phone Numbers:

Archives: 978-542-6781

Circulation & Reserves: 978-542-6368

Interlibrary Loan: 978-542-6501   Fax: 978-542-6596

Help Desk:  978-542-6766

Book Return Locations:

Library Help Desk         

North Campus, book drop outside library's quad entrance & College Drive entrance

Central Campus, book drop outside Bertolon lot entrance

South Campus, book drop outside Harrington Building