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PSY 201: Science of Psychology

Best Databases

These databases can be searched in combination. Click "Choose Databases" just above the search boxes in a database, and select the additional databases you'd like to search.  This can save you time and increase your results. Limit your results to Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed and Full-Text to find peer-reviewed articles you can read online.  Note that not limiting to full-text may help you find additional articles, which may be available via the Find it at Forsyth link.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Source Research: an original study, that is, the article is written by the people who performed the study.  It will include information about methodology, such as how many subjects, how they were selected, tests or interventions, and results.

image of a primary source--report of a single study, with methodology

Secondary Source:  a document written about multiple primary sources or reviews, analyzing or discussing them. Two examples would be systematic reviews or literature reviews.

image of secondary source discussing multiple studies

Understanding Peer-Review

What is Peer-Review?

Peer-review is a process by which articles are evaluated by other scholars or experts in the field.  These "peers" of the author evaluate the article on its research design, statistical analysis, conclusions, originality, accuracy and importance to the field. An author may have to make corrections to the article several times before it is accepted for publication by the journal, or it may be rejected and not published.  Choosing a peer-reviewed article is a way to ensure you are getting the highest quality information. 

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service available to FHSU faculty, staff and students to help you obtain research materials not owned by Forsyth Library, or which are inaccessible to those who live too far away to visit the library. Please note that the library does not provide textbooks through Interlibrary Loan. Instructions on using this free service and more information can be found on the Interlibrary Loan Guide.

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