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PSYC 205: Child Development, STROCK -- Fall 2018

PSYC 205

Child Development

Assignment Details to Remember


  • You will need to have 3 scholarly references for EACH section of your paper.
  • Two references must be original empirical articles from scholarly developmental journals.
  • One [reference] may be a scholarly chapter or book, not a textbook.
  • At least two of your references must be from 2005 or later.
  • ​Only one [of your references] may be a "classic," published before 2005.
  • You will need to locate new references for each section of the paper. 
  • Write your paper in APA style.
  • You may cite information from your textbook primarily as background material; if you cite your textbook, it must be included on the reference page. 
  • You may not use websites or Wikipedia or dissertations as references...

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.

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 has a good guide on characteristics that distinguish a scholarly journal from a non-scholarly (or popular) journal.
  • Synonyms: scholarly journal, refereed journal, academic journal.    


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. 



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