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PSYC 205: Child Development, STROCK: Assignment

PSYC 205

Child Development

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


  • You are required to have at least 3 references for EACH section of your paper.

  • Two references must be original empirical articles from scholarly/peer-reviewed developmental journals.

  • One reference may be a scholarly chapter or book (not a textbook).

  • At least two of your references must be from 2000 or later.

  • ​Only one of your references of your reference may be a "classic," published before 2000.

  • Write your paper in APA style.

  • Do not use Wikipedia or a dissertation as a source for this assignment.

Peer-reviewed Journal

Peer-reviewed Journal

  • Journals that have all their articles 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) journal.
  • Synonyms: scholarly journal, refereed journal, 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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