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PSY 150 -- General Psychology

A guide to research methods in psychology and library based help with research assignments for the PSY 150 course at Central Carolina Community College.

What This Section is All About

Cycle iconIn this section, you will learn about conducting research using library resources and materials.  

You will learn how to choose a strong topic, develop an effective search strategy, choose Library resources, evaluate articles and books, and cite the materials you choose to use in your final paper or project.

If you have any questions about how to use the tool ands resources included here, please contact your librarian!

The Research Process: Humanities

Remember, it's a cycle... 

Thought bubble icon1. Think of a topic

Your topic may change as you conduct research.  Don't be afraid to revisit it!

Image of random assortment of numbers2. Determine the types of studies you need

How do you think researchers will approach your topic?  Will your research question be answered best using quantitative or qualitative data?  

Open book icon3. Develop your search strategy

Before you start searching in library resources, make sure you know what to search for, where, and how!

Icon of two documents.4. Find resources and information

Locate scholarly articles and books on your topic.  Going through the Library to do this will make your life easier!

Icon of check boxes with two checks.5. Evaluate 

Make sure the articles you find are: current, relevant to your topic, written by an expert author and for a scholarly audience, and written for the purpose of furthering the scholarly conversation (not for personal or financial gain).

Quotation mark icon6.Cite it!

Determine how each article or book sheds new light on your topic.  What information do you learn from each resource that you didn't have before?

It's not a straight path...

Research is challenging.  You will likely have to repeat every step in the process multiple times.  Don't get discouraged if your first topic turns out to be too broad, or if your early searches don't turn up any information.  But by starting out with a plan, and keeping a Librarian on call, you can avoid frustration.



Need help? iconNeed a little extra help?

Contact your librarian. 

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