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Psychology Resources: Types of Resources

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In order to locate information from a variety of sources, you need to understand what TYPES of sources are available, the kinds of information available in these sources, and where they can be located. 

Review the chart below to learn more!

Types of Resources

Type of Resource Description Where to locate
Scientific Research Journal Article These are articles and research located in academic scientific journals that are published by universities or major research institutions. They are written by scientists working in the field, and can contain very specific and detailed scientific information. They have been peer-reviewed and edited, and are very reliable. They list their sources, which can be uses for further research. Scholarly databases such as JSTOR, some in Gale Science in Context, some in EbscoHost
Popular Scientific Research Article These are articles written for popular science magazines, like Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, etc. They are not necessarily written by scientists in the field, and are sometimes just reporting on scientific events and progress. They do not usually include extensive citations, and are not edited by experts.  Gale Science in Context, some in EbscoHost
News and Event Articles These are reports and brief summaries of scientific events or research; they are not useful to learn in-depth information. They are written with the general public in mind.  Any newspaper like the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. They are also in Gale Science in Context, as well as the news databases in EbscoHost

 

Citation Guides by Style

Generally, scientists use APA style to cite their sources. Please check with your teacher to see which style he/she prefers for you to use!

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