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1. Select a topic of interest (e.g., childhood obesity, depression in adolescents, dating violence amongst college students). Using a search engine, type in these keywords.
- What types of primary sources do you come across for your topic?
- What types of secondary sources do you come across for your topic?
Using the same keywords, go to one of the widely used online databases in the behavioral sciences.
- How are these sources different from the sources you found when searching in a general search engine?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages to each of these searches?
2. Go to PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PubMed, ERIC, or JSTOR. Type in the keywords test anxiety. Select two recent articles and read the complete article. Using Table 2.1 on page 33 in your textbook as a guide, briefly describe the article in your own words and indicate how the authors reported what made their study interesting and novel.
3. Writing a Short Literature Review
This PDF briefly describes the process of performing a literature review and provides a short example of a literature review.
- Read the document.
- Did the author engage in the literature process outlined in Chapter 2?
- If you were to extend this literature review, how would you engage in the “3 Cs” of an effective literature review?