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PSYC 1101 (Psychology) Course Guide: Journals

Types of Journal Articals Important in the Study of Psychology

Journal articles can be useful sources of information for almost any subject area. They contain current information or research, and are usually written on specific aspects of a topic.

In the field of Psychology (as well as the other Social Sciences e.g. Sociology, Education, Anthropology, etc.) the most authorative journal articles articles tend to be peer reviewed and/or empirical case studies.

Peer reviewed articles and empirical articles will most often appear  professional journals such as the American Journal of Psychology.  Prior to publication, these articles are "reviewed" for accuracy and content  by a board of editors who are professionals in the field of Psychology. Peer reviewed articals will also cite sources and include a bibliography at the end.

Empirical articles are peer reviewed as well. They often document a case-study conducted by the author. The article will document the research methodology of the study, discuss findings in terms of statistical analysis and make conclusions based on those findings. It will usually include a literature review of other studies that have been conducted on the subject as well as including an extensive bibliography.

Hints For Searching in GALILEO Databases

  • Psychology falls under the general subject heading of "Social Sciences"
  • When searching a particular database try to using "Advanced Search" options to limit your results to peer reviewed or emperical articals.
  • Search using "Refine Results" or limiter options often apear on the left side of your database screen
  • Many databases will be able to give you an APA format of the artical citation just by clicking on the option
  • Many of the databases will allow you to email articles to yourself if you prefer to go paperless
  • Many of the databases will allow you to create a personal account that allows you to save and orginize your research.



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Other Types of Journals

Not all journals are created equal, and not all will be appropriate for every research need. These are the most common types of journals you are likely to encounter in your research, presented in order from most to least academic or scholarly:

  • Scholarly Journals: reports of original research, theoretical, experimental or applied; many are refereed/peer-reviewed
  • Trade/Professional Journals: current trends, news & events in a particular field; some are peer-reviewed
  • Journals of Commentary or Opinion: commentary on political & social issues; often source of specific political viewpoint, e.g., conservative, liberal, or specific interest group
  • Newspapers: current information, news stories; local & regional focus
  • Popular Magazines: current events & news; primary source for popular culture