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PSY 101 - Downtown - Introduction to Psychology: Find Articles

Scholarly vs Non-Scholarly Resources

Your instructor may ask your to use only scholarly resources for your paper.  What's the difference between a scholarly or non-scholarly resource?

Scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources include books and articles published in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and books.  These sources are reviewed by a panel of experts in that particular field, and are often published by a professional association or a university press.  These experts ensure the information published is credible before accepting it for publication.

Non-Scholarly sources include websites, magazines, newspapers, and books that undergo no expert review prior to publishing.

Check with your instructor if you plan to use non-scholarly sources and use the CRAAP test to evaluate them.

Topic: Borderline Personality Disorder

These three articles have a common topic, but cover it a different levels.

MegaSearch: Psychology

Search for a focused topic in psychology


1. Open MegaSearch--Advanced Search

2. In the Disciplines box (below), check-mark Psychology.

3. In the top search box, enter keyword(s) for your main topic.  Click Search.

4. Add a "focus" concept in the 2nd search box.  Click Search.

Limit to Popular Magazine articles

Why do this?  Magazine articles are easy-to-read introductions to psychological topics.

  • In the left column, scroll down to FORMAT.
  • Click the Magazines link.  (The results are limited to magazines).

Limit to Academic Journal articles (= Scholarly Journal articles)

Why do this?  Journal articles give reports on original psychological research, but they are dense.

  • In the left column, scroll down to FORMAT
  • Click Show More
  • Click the Academic Journals link.  (The results are limited to journals.)

Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Articles

This database contains some material that is not found in MegaSearch.  It is devoted to psychology topics and journals.