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PSYC 476: Biological Foundations of Behavior: Hormones, Brain, and Behavior - Professor Maney: Assignment

Library resources for PSYC 476

Tips for Assignment

  • "...start your argument by reviewing some relevant literature in non-human animals, then evaluating evidence for a similar hypothesis in humans."

  • "Be mindful of the difference between experiments and correlational studies...Experiments are generally more convincing, but rare in humans."

Scholarly Chapter/Book

Scholarly Chapter/Book 

  • Scholarly books are those published by university-based presses or presses which adhere to high-quality academic standards for the books they publish. 

  • Examples include university presses such as Cambridge University Press, Stanford University Press, Nebraska University Press, etc.).

  • Examples of commercial scholarly presses include Sage, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, Kluwer, the American Psychological Association, and many more.  If you're not sure if a publisher is scholarly, ask a librarian. 



Assignment Details to Remember

  • "Critically read and synthesize...recent scientific literature on a 'hot topic.'"
  • "Support an argument using primary research articles as sources (ex.: original research studies such as empirical studies)."
  • "Understand the difference between experiments and correlational studies and what can be concluded from each."

Peer-reviewed Journal

What is special about a peer-reviewed journal?

  • Its articles are carefully and systematcially reviewed by subject experts to insure that only the highest quality research is being published. 

  • The University of Arizona and the University of Texas at San Antonio have good guides on characteristics that distinguish a scholarly journal from a non-scholarly (or popular) magazine or journal.

  • Synonyms for peer-reviewed journal are: scholarly journal, refereed journal, or academic journal.    


Empirical Articles

An empirical article describes an original research study.

Empirical articles will include abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and references/bibliography sections.

To locate empirical articles in PsycINFO :

  • Conduct an Advanced Search.

  • Go to the Methodology section on the lower right and select "Empirical Study" from the drop-down menu.

For more information, see this Empirical Research guide from Cal State Fullerton.

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