PSY 309

Research Methodology in Psychology
Four Steps

Before you begin:
Review Searching PsycInfo with Ebscohost
        Create an Account in the EbscoHost database. - (Step 2)
Have a copy of
               The Search Term Development Worksheet (Step 1)
                APA Cheat Sheet (Step 3)
                Review the following reference resources and more for relevant articles & ideas

Penguin Dictionary of Psychology 3rd ed.  Ref BF31.R43 2001
Encyclopedia of Psychology and Benavioral Science  Ref. BF31.E52 2004
Encyclopedia of Psychology Ref. BF31.E52 2000
Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology Ref. BF31.B25 1985

Step One:  Set Up Your Search Terms

Many steps in research are counterintuitive and none more so than the first step.  Here is the place to start with a pen and paper, rather than a laptop. Research shows that people who take time in step one, have better papers.

Identify the Keywords and Subject terms for your topic.
    The reference desk has a book, Successful Keyword Searches: Initiating Research on Popular Topics Using Electronic Resources, which is helpful

Use the Search Term Development Worksheet to help arrange the words and concepts for easier database searching.

Step Two:  Work with the Databases and Online catalogs
This is In Class work.  This is also an excellent time to set up any accounts for better access of material later on.

Step Three:  Psychology Web Sources
The Golisano Library Subject guide for Psychology provides many of the better websites for your class.


Step Four:  Citing Your Resources
Although you need an APA Manual, the crib sheet and other helpful tools are available for quick formatting.