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A guide to using PsycINFO, Google Scholar, and other psychology resources for PSY 0035.

How to Use this Guide

PSY0035 students will find this Course Guide helpful in completing a specific Lab assignment and in conducting future literature searches in psychology.  The guide directs you to links to optimal resources and identifies strategies for conducting efficient research.  Additionally, you can use the guide to contact the Psychology Librarian, Clare Withers, whenever you have questions. Focus includes PsycINFO, the APA Style Manual, and Google Scholar.

What is Scholarly Information?

Cover of Journal of Applied Psychology

  • Written for professors, students or researchers.
  • Have a plain appearance and titles may include words like "Journal," "Transactions," or "Quarterly"
  • Reviewed by a board of experts or "peer reviewed."
  • Follow a standard format: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, possibly footnotes, endnotes and/or bibliography.
  • May include tables, graphs or illustrations to support research.
  • Contain very little advertising.

Cover of Psychology Today

  • May have a bright cover with many glossy pictures.
  • Designed to attract a broad segment of the population.
  • Has no specific format.
  • Contain unsigned articles at times (no listed author).
  • Reviewed by general editors of the magazine.
  • May include tables, graphs or illustrations.
  • Contain lots of advertising.

Cover of New Scientist

  • May have a bright cover.
  • Provide information of use to a particular industry.
  • No specific format.
  • Articles sometimes unsigned.
  • General editors of the magazine review articles.
  • Advertising is used to appeal to those in the field.

Psychology Liaison Librarian

Clare Withers
207D Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-7704 worksite
412 298-4037 cell

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