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PSY 7 (Murawski): Get Started

Beginning your Research: Reference Sources

It's a good idea to start with some general sources in order to gain background information and to settle on a topic. 

A great way to do this is by looking in a reference source. Reference sources such as encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), dictionaries, atlases, and general books can help you understand your topic by giving you definitions, stating key persons in that field, and providing lists of additional resources. Once you have a better understanding of your topic, it will be easier to put together search terms to find relevant materials. (Many instructors frown upon using Wikipedia to cite as a source because it can be edited by anyone and the content can continually change. However, it is a great place to start your research to become familiar with your topic, find additional resources, and learn the language of that topic.)

Below are some books that might provide some good background on Psychology and Research.

Exploring a Topic

Having trouble choosing a topic?  Explore a list of topics or discover some of the issues concerning possible topics in here:

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