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PSYC 415: Developmental Research Methods

Research Guide for PSYC 415

Using your sources and study findings to build your arguments, discussion, and conclusions

Ask yourself these questions about each of the sources you select to build your narrative for your study introduction and your arguments for your proposed study's importance, as well as your evidence and arguments for your proposed discussion.

Does your source raise questions you hadn't considered or make claims that shape your thinking? -Integrate these into your arguments to develop and focus them further 

Does your source provide evidence for any of your arguments? -Integrate the relevant evidence or data into your own argument and explain its significance

Does your source take a position counter to any of your arguments? -Include these sources to strengthen your own arguments by explaining and providing evidence of why you disagree with them

What methods does your source use for its study design? -Use these to help build and justify the research methods of your research study design

What relationships do you see between your sources? -Integrate the arguments and evidence from your sources together to use them as building blocks for your own conclusions and arguments

What do your study findings tell you about your research hypothesis? -Analyze your evidence and observations to show how they link to your broader hypothesis.

What do your study findings mean in the context of existing research and theoretical frameworks? -Use the evidence from your research sources in your Discussion to make an argument about what your study findings mean.

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