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PSYC 415: Developmental Research Methods

Research Guide for PSYC 415

Identify and Justify Your Research Methodologies and Populations

In the PsycINFO Database:

Identify methodologies and populations:

1. Search for your research area

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)

Find justification for your methodologies and populations:

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

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

In the CINAHL Database:

1. Search for your research area

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)

Find justification for your methodologies and populations:

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

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

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