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PSY 3402: Experimental and Research Methods: 3: Background Info

Background Information

Step 3: Find Background Information

Background information gives you an understanding of your main concepts (independent and dependent variables) so that you can do your journal research more effectively.  Here's how...

  • search each of your main concepts individually using reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.),
  • search your main concepts on appropriate professional websites,
  • and be sure to stay on the lookout for other useful keywords for searching!

Below left are links to psychology reference materials.  Below right are links to research on professional psychological websites.  Look below those for hints for how to find more keywords!

Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts, Oh My!

From the American Psychological Association (APA):

From others:

And in the news:

Keywords from Websites

Look and click!  I was able to find this from the APA...