PSYCH 1: General Psychology

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This assignment is intended to have you compare and contrast the writing style and information content between a popular press article and a peer reviewed primary research article that’s referencing a psychological phenomenon. The articles need to address the same area of interest (for example, depression and gender, love and crying, teenage norms and ostracism etc.), but do not have to necessarily be about the same exact experiment.

Find Popular Journals

This assignment requires you to find a popular article from one of four sources.  Psychology Today, Time, Newsweek or Reader's Digest. You can search them individually in the online free websites -- but be careful! Many of the "articles" on the free websites are actually BLOGS and aren't allowed as a source for this paper. You can flip through the paper copies of Psychology Today in the library.  You can also use a library database, Academic Search Complete, to search them one at a time, or all three at once. Screenshots below show you how to search all three on a topic of interest.

Combine Source and Topic

ASP Combine Source and Topic

Find the SUBJECT

Asp Screenshot Subjects

Combine Sources and Subject

ASP Combine Source and Topic

Searching Journal Directly

One approach is to search the journal directly. If you do this via Google or Google Scholar, you may hit a pay wall. Another option is to search in the Journal Locator. This will take you directly into the licensed content, so you aren't asked to pay. With this approach you search each journal one at a time.

Journal Locator

Search Many Peer Reviewed Journals

Another approach is to search several of the journals for this assignment at the same time. PsycINFO lets you search these journals, and (many times) also download the complete article.

Select Journals and Topic

Screenshot of search by journal names and topic

Add Methodology

screenshot of select methodology

Get Article

Peer Reviewed Journals for Psych 1

Connecting from Off Campus?

You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods. (NOTE: Using EndNote? Use VPN, not the Proxy Server)

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

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Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand! The Library offers workshops on Endnote, Zotero, and Refworks! Or contact your librarian for individual help.

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.
  2. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central for about $80.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Using APA 6th

"Cheat Sheets" -- very handy guides showing examples of the different types of citations formatted according to APA 6th, from Purdue and Harvard.

The fulltext of APA 6th is not available online, but we do have print copies in the reference collection of the Social Welfare and EdPsych Libraries at BF76.7 P83 2010, and it's available at other libraries on campus as well.

APA Style & Format from Capella Writing Center, is designed to help you quickly understand the fundamentals you need to write a course paper that meets the APA guidelines. It also has a very helpful guide to how to handle those confusing DOIs.

Basics of APA Style -- tutorial from APA on how to how to structure and format your work, reduce bias in language, avoid charges of plagiarism, cite references in text and it  provides selected reference examples. The APA Style Blog --  is searchable by topic and contains weekly posts by APA experts . 


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