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Library Research And Information Video Lecture Psych 1XX3

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Video Lecture Psych 1XX3 Library Research & Information Psychology Literature  Popular Literature not to be used for academic design o Found in magazines  Glossy covers, eye catching headlines  Articles written by journalists or professional writers (may or may not have specific qualifications for writing on a specific topic)  Language that is easily understood by a general audience  Short articles; lacking full source citations  Scholarly Literature o Is found in journals or periodicals  Published often monthly or quarterly  Contain many separate articles – written by or for faculty, researchers or other scholars  Authors scholarly credentials are provided  Language is scholarly or technical and articles tend to be fairly dense and are concerned with research in the specific topic area  Full citations for sources are provided and articles are refereed or peer reviewed  Peer Review – a process in which editors and other experts in a field review and evaluate an article before it is accepted for publication  Gruelling process =-authors scientific method ay be put to question and changes to the transcript may be required  Best mechanism for obtaining a high standard of quality and for guarding against scientific fraud or unwarranted claims  Peer reviewed literature is the best source for authoritative information in the field of psychology o Primary Scholarly Articles – generally provide original, firsthand uninterrupted information, created by someone directly involved in an activity or event  Article that describes a full research experiment including the methodology and analysis and results o Secondary Scholarly Articles – interpret, analyze or summarize information, commenting on, or critically analyzing information from a primary source  Article that summarizes or comments on other research and does not contain new research  If a piece of information in a secondary source is wanted to be used – try to find the primary source to cite Finding Psychology Literature  Database – a collection of organized information; information can be about people, books, journal articles, music etc. o Store information in the form or a record, which represents a unique item in the database  Consists of fields – represents a piece of information about the item, describing something about the record o Eg/ Database of songs; fields – artists, title of song, title of album o Eg/ Database of journal articles; fields – author, title of article, title of journal o Library subscribes to databases to contain records for  Journal and magazine articles  Reviews  Dissertations  Conference proceedings  Books and chapters  Technical papers o These records may link to abstracts of full-text  Library pays for access to these databases because information is: Video Lecture Psych 1XX3  Organized  Stable  Regularly updated  Reviewed  Reliable  Easy to search o Databases use subject headings or controlled vocabulary; standardized terms that describe records  Can help to improve searching and retrieval o Search Engines  Internet searches find information that is diverse and may be unstable  Information is not organized, may not be updated regularly, and is most likely not reviewed  Anyone can publish their own opinion or idea, regardless of experience in the area  Searchers may retrieve a wide variety of sites o Commercial webpages o Organization or government sites o Personal pages o News o Advertisements o Games o Free journals, magazines and newspapers  Information online should be evaluates for 1. Authority o Who created the site and is responsible for content? o What are their credentials? o Is this information clearly available? 2. Accuracy o Is this information accurate? o Are the sources for factual information provided? 3. Objectivity o Is the purpose of the site clear? o Who is the site intended for? o Who is sponsoring the site? o Is there advertising? 4. Currency
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