Course Research Pages

PSY 304 - Motivation and Emotion

Finding Organizations and Communities and Identifying Issues

We'll do some brainstorming in your library session on ways to find organizations and issues appropriate for this assignment.

If you are looking for demographics on a particular community, use American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you are looking for information on a company and its corporate social responsibility policies, look on the company's web site and also try using one of our business databases, such as Business Source Complete.

Finding Articles on Your Topic

American Psychological Association - Use the Psychology Topics and Psychology Help Center tabs for finding general information about topics related to motivation and emotion. Note that these are not empirical research articles.

Use the following resources to find scholarly journal articles on your topic.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) - Limit your search to peer-reviewed articles to find articles from scholarly journals.

Annual Review of Psychology - Scholarly psychology journal available online and in print.

Google Scholar - Provides access to only scholarly literature. Note that full text is limited; you may order it via Interlibrary Loan.

JSTOR - This collection of scholarly journals includes some in psychology.

PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO - Contains articles and abstracts from the top scholarly psychology journals. Try using the thesaurus to find the right terms to use in searching.

Finding Background and Supporting Information in Books

Bowman Library Catalog - Search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. Some sample subject headings are listed below.

Citation Tools

NoodleTools - helps you create article citations, saves them online, and produces an APA-formatted references page.

This page shows how APA citations should be formatted in-text and on your reference page.

Many library databases have citation tools built in. Though not always perfect, they are a good start towards a more complete citation.

Collaboration and Presentation Tools

Google Docs features in your Menlo email account let you create and edit files, charts, and slide presentations as a group.

Dropbox is a free online tool for sharing files.

Prezi is a dynamic, online presentation tool you may want to use.

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

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Citing Your Research

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)