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PSYC 465 (Musial): Experimental Psychology

Research Guide for Dr. Musial's section of the PSYC 465 course

When is Nadine Anderson, your Librarian, Available?

Email Nadine at with your research questions and/or to set up an online meeting. During the Winter 2021 semester I am available online from Sunday to Thursday. I do not engage in work emails outside of these days or during holidays.


This guide will help you with your Research Paper project:

  1. Go to Online Library Access for help and instructions on accessing library databases, articles, and ebooks online


  1. Go to Find Articles to find peer-reviewed journal articles about your research area
  2. Go to Analyze Your Articles to find key information in your research articles 
  3. Go to Cite & Write in APA for help putting together your References List in APA Style

Research Paper

  1. Go to Find Articles to find peer-reviewed journal articles about your research area for your Introduction and Discussion sections
  2. Go to Develop A Hypothesis for guidelines and instructions on developing a focused, well-defined research hypothesis
  3. Go to Identify Methods & Populations for your Methods section to:
    1. Identify appropriate methodologies and populations for your research area
    2. Find articles that justify the use of those methods and populations for your research design
  4. Go to Identify & Find Tests for your Methods section to:
    1. Identify appropriate tests and measures for your research area
    2. Find articles that justify the use of those tests and measures for your research design
    3. Find these tests and measures for your experiment
  5. Go to Use Your Articles for guidelines and instructions on using your articles to build your evidence, arguments and conclusions about your experimental results for your Discussion section
  6. Go to Write Your Research Paper for guidelines and instructions on putting together each section of your Research Paper
  7. Go to Cite & Write in APA for help putting together your citations and formatting your Research Paper in APA Style

IRB Application

All planned research involving human subjects requires an IRB application. The primary goal of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. IRB-Dearborn reviews all planned research involving human subjects prior to initiation of the research, approves research that meets established criteria for protection of human subjects, and monitors approved research to ascertain that human subjects are indeed protected.

Research Project Design & Writing

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