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PSYC 101 - General Psychology - Shoemaker: Getting Started

This guide will recommend resources to help you complete your article review assignment for Psychology 101.

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Articles will introduce you to psychology databases, so you will be able to find your professional journal article.

APA Format will provide you with APA citation help, so you can cite your professional journal article in correct APA format.

General Psychology Research Paper

Course Assignment

1st Journal Article Review Assignment

How To Locate a Professional Journal

  1. Go to the Hacc Home Page and click on the link to the Library.
  2. On the left, under Articles and Newspapers, click on Databases A – Z.
  3. Scroll down to PsychINFO  and click on it to bring up the search page.
  4. Click in the boxes where it says: Full Text Documents Only and Scholarly journals, including peer reviewed.
  5. Enter a topic you would like to search for in the box just below Suggest Search Terms.   Examples might be : Depression, anxiety, stress, alzheimer’s, etc.
  6. Click on “Search”.
  7. Below each citation, click on Full Text-PDF to view the article. 
  8. You might want to print your article so you can work with it.

    • The article MUST describe an experiment and have a section named METHOD(S).  
    • Maximum length for your paper: 2-3 pages in 12 point Times New Roman print.  DOUBLE SPACE the reference and paper.

1. You may want to choose an article that parallels the topics we are currently covering in class, but you do not have to.

2. At the top of your paper (after your name.; before you start writing), give the reference, EXACTLY in APA style (example below), for the article you chose.  Notice that the journal title and volume number are in italics. (DOUBLE SPACE THE REFERENCE)

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185

            If a journal article has a DOI, include the DOI in the reference.

  • Always include the issue number for a journal article.
  • If the journal article does not have a DOI and is from an academic research database, end the reference after the page range.

3. From the introduction—What is the general topic that this paper is addressing? Why did they do the study? What is the purpose of the research described in this paper? What is/are the author(s) hypothesis/hypotheses?

4. Briefly describe the methods used to collect the data. Who were the participants? How many?What did they have to do in this study? What were the measures that were collected?

5. In general, what were the results of the study? (you don’t have to use numbers or describe the statistics) For example, did one group score differently than another group on a measure? Or was there a relationship between two or more variables?

6. What is/are the major conclusions(s) drawn by the author(s)? What do the results  mean for the “real world”/ how do they apply to you and me?  This should be more than one sentence…give me a paragraph on this.

7.  DO NOT USE QUOTATIONS IN YOUR REPORT.  You are to paraphrase the article, putting the report into your own words.  Using words occasionally from the article is not quoting and is sometimes necessary.  No “cut and paste” is allowed in the paper.  You may cut and paste your reference but need to check its accuracy.

Example Paper

Your name here

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in

storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in

the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185

 Now write your paper.  It can be 2-3 pages. 

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