PSYC 226 Ch 2, 1.23.12

PSYC 226 Ch 2, 1.23.12 - Chapter2: ResearchIdeas PSYC226

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Chapter 2:  Research Ideas PSYC 226
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Finding background literature So, you’ve selected a topic… Now it’s time to get to know the literature
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What is “the literature?” The existing knowledge base on a topic. Published research studies Theses/dissertations Books Reviews and meta-analyses
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Background literature Primary source First-hand account of study by the actual researchers Empirical studies Conference presentations Theses and dissertations Secondary source Summary of another person’s work Review papers Commentaries Meta-analyses Introduction sections of research articles Newspaper/magazine articles
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Remember: Just because an article appears in a scholarly  journal DOES NOT mean it is a primary  source! Secondary sources are views of research  through SOMEONE ELSE’S LENS.
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To determine if a source is primary or  secondary, ask: Is this the author’s report of their own research? Or is someone else summarizing other 
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course PYSC 226 taught by Professor Levens during the Spring '09 term at South Carolina.

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PSYC 226 Ch 2, 1.23.12 - Chapter2: ResearchIdeas PSYC226

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