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Communications and Writing Center Resources: Psychology

A guide for the West Campus Communication and Writing Center.

Resources for Psychology

Finding Research Studies

The psychology students are usually looking for research study articles. In identifying these articles, look for:

  • indications that the writer actually did a study, including details of who they studied and how they did their study. This section is often labelled Methods
  • data -- often arranged in tables or graphs
  • A discussion of what the data means, often labelled Results or Discussion.
  • A long list of references at the end.

There is a lot more information on finding research studies at


These are good databases for finding research studies.


Students often look for the DSM-V as well. This resource contains lengthy definitions of psychological conditions. We have print copies of it in the library, but the full text is also available as a database.

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