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PSY 2012 - Prof. Franco: Library Resources

General Psychology

Why Journal Articles?

When researching within a discipline, it is very important to use scholarly/academic articles from professional publications to find current research on your topic. While books are excellent for background and reference information, they are not published as frequently as articles. When searching for articles on a current topic, your date range should fall between three to five years, as data and statistics can become dated very quickly. Journal articles can be found by using the library databases that are appropriate for your topic.

Article Topics to Consider

  • Stress/Health
  • Thinking and Intelligence
  • Memory
  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Positive Psychology
  • Therapies
  • Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychological Effects of Bullying
  • Behavioral Addiction
  • Criminal Mind
  • Attraction
  • Schizophrenia (treatment)
  • Phobias (treatment)
  • Self-Improvement
  • Seeking Happiness/Gratitude
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Internet and Memory
  • Depression (treatment)
  • Culture and Academic Achievement
  • Music and Concentration
  • Sleep Deprivation and Concentration
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental Health and Gun Violence
  • Cannabis Effect on the Brain
  • Multi-tasking

Recommended Online Resources

Below are additional online library databases recommended for finding articles for your assignment.

Journals vs. Magazines

Journals - Academic/Scholarly publications of articles written by experts in the particular field of study. These articles are written for others within that particular discipline or profession using vocabulary and terminology common to them. Example: Journal of Developmental Psychology.

(Within journals are the more rigorous scholarly; peer-reviewed or refereed articles that have to pass review by a board of experts in the field before publication.)

Magazines - General publications of articles written for people to get an overview of a topic, meant for general population comprehension. Magazine articles may be written by experts but are meant to be relatable to a larger audience than journals. Example: Newsweek or Time.