Research for Psychology Lab Reports
For this class, you will need to find literature (ie. articles) to justify your hypotheses and to discuss what is already known about how cognitive challenges affect physiology.
First, let’s use some search tools that are specifically for research in psychology.
Click on the “Articles & More” icon on the Library website’s home page…
and then scroll down the alphabetical list until you see “Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection” and “PsycINFO.” These are two search tools that are – as their names suggest – specifically for searching academic literature in the psychology fields. You can access these search tools off-campus by entering your last name and COCC ID#.
Writing Psych Reports:
Now, before you jump in, let’s review some fundamentals about researching and writing lab reports.
Many psychology lab reports require a particular format. Here’s a few examples of guidelines:
- About.com How to Write a Psychology Lab Report : http://psychology.about.com/od/apastyle/p/labreport.htm
- A Quick Guide to Writing a Psychology Lab Report: http://ess220.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/how-to-write-a-lab-report.pdf
Searching Psych Databases:
On to searching…starting with PsycINFO!
PsycINFO lets you search over 3 million citations for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations in the field of psychology. The interface will look similar to Academic Search Premier. Take a look:
Some key search points for this topic:
- Use “ “ around the phrase “heart rate”.
- Use truncation to search both challenge and challenges.
- Search for your keywords in the abstract (use the pull down menu on the right).
- If your goal is to review past research, do not limit to full text.
- You may want to limit to References Available or Peer Reviewed
Getting full text:
When you search PsycINFO and find an article you want to read, you will most often see the “Check for full text” link rather than the “PDF Full Text” link.
PsycINFO primarily searches citations, not full-text content, so it’s searching much more content than we subscribe to. Click on the “Check for full text” link, and you will be given the option to request a copy of that article from Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL articles are delivered via email in 1-4 days, so you do need to plan ahead.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
The Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection includes full-text content from almost 400 psychology journals. It does include some content from popular publications as well, so when you search in here for your articles for this assignment, go ahead and check the “Peer Reviewed” check box under “Limit To” on the left side of the screen after performing your initial search.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection is also an Ebsco database…so this search form will look familiar:
Although there is more full-text available through the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, you may still see the “Check for full text” link. You can also request articles from here through Interlibrary Loan.
Searching more than one Ebsco database at a time:
Note that because both of these are Ebsco databases, you can actually search both at the same time. Look for the “choose databases” link:
Then choose the databases you wish to search within the EBSCO collection of databases:
More About Searching:
Want to explore more about searching? Click here to find more search hints: http://www.cocc.edu/library/help/tutorials/psy-201_215_spring2014/smart-searching-tips/