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PSY 233 - Reynolds: Journal Articles

Peer-reviewed or Empirical Articles and Journals

So, what are peer-reviewed or empirical journals and articles?

In the social sciences and other disciplines, professors and other scholars design and conduct experiments and studies to examine and test various ideas (hypotheses), in this case, about psychology, human behavior and human development.

The scholars write articles detailing their studies, their methodology and their results. These papers (kind of like a long term paper) are reviewed by a group of other scholars in the field (their peers) to assess validity of the writer's study and methodology as well as the appropriate use of statistical analysis performed on the data gathered in the study. Thus, they are called peer-reviewed articles.

Once approved, the study is published in a journal, which is what we will find in our databases.

These studies usually follow the APA format and generally have sections including an

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Procedures
  • Results
  • Discussion

Examples of a magazine article and a peer-reviewed article (about the ridiculously broad topic "child development"):

Notice the difference? The Giving Back article features pictures and newsy content, while Associations has a longer title, charts and lots of dense text.

TMCC Databases with Psychology and Child Development Articles

  • Start with the pre-selected EBSCO databases and also add the following if you like...
    • APA PsycArticles® - is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.
    • ERIC - a huge federally-funded full-text collection of education journals and other material. Use the larger direct federal ERIC link for more material.
    • Professional Development Collection - "provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals."
    • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection - is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology. Features more than 400 full-text journals.