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Resources to help you conduct research in the field of Psychology, and related disciplines.

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1. Get background information on your topic from subject encyclopedias written by experts in psychology. These overviews can also be handy when you're searching for a topic.

2. Search psychology databases (click box on left) to find scholarly journal articles and SuperSearch to find books. 

3. Keep track of your sources and generate your bibliography by using a citation manager. 

  • APA Style Help

    APA Style Help is a great starting place for guidelines, instructions aids, and examples. It serves as an online companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. APA Style Help also links to the APA Style Blog, which is run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day and publish frequent posts about writing, publishing, and APA Style. Sixth Edition resources are also available.

  • Purdue OWL

    The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides resources on in-text citation and bibliographies, as well as sample papers and slide presentations.

    APA Formatting and Style Guide

  • American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: the official guide to APA style. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2020.
    BF76.7 P83 2020
    Cowles Reference (print)

4. Meet with a librarian  if you need help thinking through your research question and finding quality information. Look for the email and appointment links under my picture. This guide is intended to get you started; it is not an exhaustive list of all Cowles resources on psychology. Let's work together 1:1, either in person or via Zoom, as you focus and develop your research!

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