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Psychology Research Guide: Home

Resources of all psychology-related topics.

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. You may find your myMCC login at www.mchenry.edu/myMCC.  Click on "What's my username or password?"  

Primary and secondary sources

  • Examples of primary sources in psychology:

‚Äčoriginal research, experiment results, ethnographies, interviews, surveys, data sets

  • Examples of secondary sources in psychology:

Reviews of the literature or literature reviews, critical interpretations of scholarly studies, Journal articles that do not present new research. 

SEE also:

http://libraryguides.quinnipiac.edu/c.php?g=307874&p=2059982 

What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

This brief tutorial was developed by the University of Washington.

Empirical research

So what exactly is Empirical Research? 

Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.

 Key characteristics to look for:

•Statement about the methodology being used

•Research questions to be answered

•Definition of the group or phenomena being studied

•Process used to study this group or phenomena, including any controls or instruments such as tests or surveys

Also:

Ask yourself while reading: could I recreate this study and test these results?  And remember, the abstract of the article should provide a description of the methodology.

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