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lecture 7 - Announcements Psychology 41: Research Methods...

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Psychology 41: Research Methods in Psychology Instructor: Dr. Maryam Soltani Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:50 AM Chem 194 1 2 Announcements •Lab 2 is due TODAY. • RPA 2 is due Tuesday, April 29 th . This is the Introduction to your paper. Please remember to skip a line in your notebook! • Information regarding the RPAs is posted on-line in the Research Paper Activities folder. • Remember late assignments will receive a score of ZERO, and you must use the lab notebook or else you automatically lose ½ your points. • Keep all returned RPAs, because you will be required to turn them all back in at the end of the quarter with your final research paper. If you don t you will automatically lose 5 points off of you final paper. Continually check the course website for postings and announcements. 3 Chapter 2: Getting Started: Ideas, Resources, and Ethics Reviewing the Literature: We discussed that we begin a research study with a hypothesis (a prediction or a question of interest). Before designing an experiment to address our hypothesis we need to do a literature (library) search: a.) This will enable us to see what other people have done. b.) Give us ideas about how to design our study. c.) Even help us fine tune our question of interest. 4 Getting Started: Ideas, Resources, and Ethics Reviewing the Literature: So, today we are going to discuss how to do a literature search. Doing a literature search is not that difficult, but it can be VERY time consuming, because you have to go through many journal articles in order to find those that are relevant to your hypothesis. Once you find those studies you have to read through them and evaluate them so that you don’t make the same mistakes or basically do the same study over again (if that is not your intention). 5 Getting Started: Ideas, Resources, and Ethics Reviewing the Literature: Do to technological advancements, most journals are now on-line, so you don’t actually have to physically go to the library, retrieve the journal, get change, photocopy the article, and bring it home. This is what I had to do as an undergraduate and it sucked! However, not all journals articles or journals are on-line. In order to get the older articles you do have to go to the library, retrieve and photocopy. Or, if you library doesn’t subscribe to that journal you may have to request the article through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan or physical go to a library that does subscribe to the journal. 6 Getting Started: Ideas, Resources, and Ethics Reviewing the Literature: You may be wondering, “Why are we doing this?” Learning how to find relevant research articles is going to haunt you throughout college, medical school, graduate school, law school, etc… The better you get at working with the search engines and databases and the more abstracts and articles you read, the faster you will become at being able to filter out unnecessary research and focus in on necessary research. You will also notice that there are many articles out there,
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