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PSYC 461/561: Learning and Memory

Research Guide for PSYC 461/561

American Psychological Association Advice

Choose your research methods wiselyExperts offer tips on balancing ambition and realism in your research design

Identify and Justify Your Methods, Populations, and Tests

Identify methodologies, populations, and tests:

1. Search for your research area in PsycINFO

2. In the sidebar to the right of the list of search hits click the arrow beside the following headings:

  • Age, a list of the age groups studied in your research area (with the number of articles using each age group in parentheses)
  • Gender, as list of the genders studied in your research area (with the number of articles using each gender in parentheses)
  • Methodology, a list of the methodologies used in your research area (with the number of articles using each methodology in parentheses)
  • Population, a list of the populations used in your research area (with the number of articles using each population in parentheses)
  • Tests & Measures: a list of the tests and measures used to study your research area (with the number of articles using each test in parentheses)

Find justification for your methodologies, populations, and tests:

1. Check the box(es) beside the age/gender/methodology/population/test which you want to study to focus your list of search hits to research articles which use that age/gender/methodology/population/test

2. Use those research articles, and how they were used in your research area, as justification for your proposed methodology

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