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PY 205 : Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

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Electronic Sources - Database

Description: PsycINFO (department of the American Psychological Association (APA)) provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Unrivaled in its depth of psychological coverage and respected worldwide for its high quality, the database is enriched with literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work. Nearly all records contain non-evaluative summaries, and all records from 1967 to the present are indexed using the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. Updated weekly.

Description : A database of full-text articles in English from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber. Date of Coverage: 1985 to the present. Updated daily.

The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to augment American education by increasing and facilitating the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research. ERIC provides coverage of journal articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs..

Social Services Abstracts (1980-present)
This database abstracts and indexes over 1,406 serial publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. 

Sociological Abstracts (1952-present)
This is the premier database for sociology and related disciplines. Some of the topics covered include culture and social structure, family and social welfare, and demography.  This database covers a wide range of documents including over 1600 journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations.

JSTOR   - The complete, searchable, full text articles from over 1,000 core scholarly journals (every issue up to the last 1-5 years). Journals are divided into nearly 70 disciplines including, Psychology, Education, Sociology, and General Science. Coverage: 1878 to "moving wall" of 1-5 years before the most recently published issue. Searching is different than other databases.

Locating E-Books

Collections totalling more than 150,000 e-books. In addition to being able to navigate through the contents of a book page by page, you have the ability to navigate using the Table of Contents, the Index, or to search the full text of the eBook. Downloading Adobe Digital will open up these resources to you.


Customizing Zotero Settings for NMU

Zotero User Guide

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - Acquiring materials not held by Olson Library

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Before submitting request, you must verify through Full Text Electronic Journal Holdings and the NMU library catalog that we do not subscribe to journal/magazine issue in either paper or online formats, or we do not hold the book/video/etc.

While in an online database (e.g., PsycInfo), and what you want doesn't appear to be full-text? Don't worry. Click on Get this for me [NMU Olson Library] and follow the directions if full-text does not appear.

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Internet Sources

Google Scholar
Contains peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Provides unique features, such as relevance ranking of your results, the ability to find "Related Articles", and the opportunity to see other papers that have cited a specific paper. A couple of drawbacks include limited searching capabilities (full text or title), and no consistent links directly to the article.

Electronic Reference Sources - Psychology These sources collected by Olson Librarians for easy access to reference sources in and out of the library collection.

APA Style

APA Style Guide
Examples of how to cite some of the more common types of sources, including web sites and online journal articles, according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed.  Consult the Manual (BF 76.7 P83) for further information or types of sources not listed here.

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