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Psychology: Online Resources

A guide to Psychology resources and library research.

Getting the most out of Google

Use Google Advanced Search for a more precise search with better results, especially for STATISTICS

Type in your search terms, then type in a specific domain (.gov) or site ( to limit your search results.


For SCHOLARLY articles try Google Scholar (remember to set your preferences up for Salem State University!)

Google Scholar Search

Setting Up Google Scholar Preferences

For a video tutorial CLICK HERE

For step-by-step directions in print see DOC below

Polling Data

Criteria for Evaluating Websites

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To determine the quality of information on a website check the following:


Authority – Who is responsible for the content of the page?  What are the individual or organization’s goals and purpose?  Is there contact info?  What’s the domain?


Accuracy – Are the sources for any factual information clearly cited?  Is the information free of errors that would indicate a lack of quality control or produce inaccuracies in the information?


Objectivity – Is there bias?  Who’s the intended audience?  Is advertising playing a role?


Currency – Date published?  Date last revised?  Out-dated info?  Out-dated links?


Coverage – Page still under construction?  Does it address intended topics or has something significant been left out?  Is there a fee to get to some of the information?  Is the info well supported and cited?

Websites of Interest

Government Resources