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PY1000: Introduction to Psychology Research Guide


What is a scholarly article?

A scientific/empirical/research article reports methods and findings of an original research study conducted by the authors of the article.

You can identify a scientific article by the order in which its contents are presented in the article:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction (with Literature review and background information)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References

Let's Begin Finding Scholarly Articles

You are ready to begin searching databases for scholarly articles.

  1. Open one of the databases below (PsycINFO or PscycArticles) and enter your search terms - ex: keywords or topics selected from the thesaurus.
  2. Make sure to select the limiter: Peer Reviewed Journals
  3. If you do not see the Full Text of the article, select the buttonCheck Rockhurst Univesity Library for this item's availability.  to see if we have an electronic or print copy here at Rockhurst. If we do not have the article, click on the blue ILL button and complete the form or make a copy of the abstract page and request the article from another library using this Interlibrary Loan form.
  4. Always look for a PDF link for optimal viewing/printing of the article.


Some mainstream articles will say something like, "In a study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine..." 

Be aware that databases may have a DELAY in making the most recent copies of journal articles available.  If you need help, contact me (see box on the Home page), library reference desk or the chat room (see box on Home page).


Don't forget to use the tools on the article page to PRINT, CITE (APA), and EMAIL the article to yourself to look over in more detail later!

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