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PSY 290 Research Methods in Psychology

This guide highlight key resources needed to complete assignments in PSY290 course across ASU, including online. Learn how to find peer-reviewed journal articles, cite materials using APA Style and more.

Topic Ideas

APA Topics

The APA maintains this site with links to topics of general interest. Each topic has a brief definition and links to additional resources, including; What You Can Do, Getting Help, News, APA Monitor Articles, and Books. Scroll to the bottom of the page for over 80 topic categories.

Topic Guides

Topic Guides are brief handouts designed to demonstrate how APA databases can be used to search for resources in various topic areas. They contain sample search scenarios and a list of selected Index Terms from the APA Thesaurus. 

Reference Resources and Background Information

Use reference materials to find background information.  Reference books can help you:

  • Explore a topic: discover what has been said about this subject, trends, issues, etc.
  • Identify and define unfamiliar terms or people in your reading
  • Find references to other books and articles on the subject
  • Find specific keywords to use in online searches

Encyclopedias | Dictionaries | Handbooks

Using encyclopedias and dictionaries will help you get a quick, reliable overview of your topic, references, specialized vocabulary or keywords, information on theories or theorists, and suggestions for further research. Handbooks offer a more comprehensive overview than an encyclopedia or dictionary and provide information about critical researchers in specific areas of study, keywords, and references to high-quality sources. Those listed here are just a few offered in the ASU Library catalog. You can also view our list of databases for encyclopedias and dictionaries. Need help finding more? Use our ASK A LIBRARIAN chat service. 

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