This page provides a list of resources related to developing your skills with social scientific research.  These resources will primarily focus on those skills used to conduct social science research using large-sample survey designs, which is my area of expertise.

Literature Search and Retrieval

  • Using PsycINFO effectively – this video playlist from APA provides brief videos explaining how to use PsycINFO effectively to find peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • PsycINFO Search Strategies – this website from the APA provides brief tips that are most commonly used to help you narrow down your searches.
  • PsycINFO User Guide – this website from EBSCO Connect provides links to pages that give detail directions on how to use its database from basic to advanced searches.
  • PsycINFO Keyword/Index Term – this resource blog from the APA defines and clearly states when to use keywords, index terms, and classification codes.
  • PsycINFO Searchable Fields – this guide shows all the searchable field names, its label, and search examples/explanations.
  • PsycINFO Advance Search Options – this university webpage lists and defines the advanced search fields and shows where each one of those fields are on the main search page of PsycINFO
  • Google Scholar Basic Search – the first page of this PDF gives instructions on how to use the basic and advance search feature and gives a list of word phrases to use to aid in your search.
  • Connecting Google Scholar to University – this PDF gives steps in order to link Google Scholar to a student’s university, enabling them to have access to the full text of the article.
  • Using Google Scholar Effectively – this YouTube video shows five different helpful hints to use Google Scholar to your advantage to search and retrieve articles.
  • Google Scholar: Advance Searching – this YouTube video focuses on the advanced searching feature to help narrow in your results when searching for articles.
  • Google Scholar Literature Review – this YouTube video uses an example to walk you through how you can have a broad topic on Google Scholar and be able to narrow in your search results.
  • PsycINFO Literature Review – this YouTube video uses an example of a random topic to show how you can use the PsycINFO/EBSCOhost database to find articles.
  • Research Literature Databases Relevant to Psychology (UK students can access via their linkblue account) – a list of databases such as PsychINFO that psychology researchers use to find relevant peer-reviewed journal articles and other types of literature such as book chapters and psychological instruments

Literature Review, Synthesis, and Annotated Bibliography

  • Literature Review in Psychology – this PDF from a writing center goes into explaining the detail on what a literature review is and how to find a topic and gather articles on it, read the selected articles, and how to write one.
  • Review Structure – The middle of this webpage breaks down the aspects of what the structure is in completing a literature review.
  • The Do’s of Lit Reviews – This PDF details what should be included in all separate parts of a literature review.
  • Psych Lit Review Writing Video Series – This YouTube playlist goes through how to write the introduction, body, and conclusion of a psychology literature review.
  • Sample Literature Review – This sample paper will give you an idea of what a general literature review will look like in its finished product.
  • Literature Reviews in PsycINFO – The middle of this page shows you how to find literature reviews in PsycINFO to be able to use their research to conduct your own lit review.
  • Synthesis Matrix – This matrix helps organize articles you found for your literature review (scroll down and click “Literature Review Matrix”).
  • Sample APA Paper – This PDF offers a sample literature review that comment on the paper’s format, content, and use of APA style.
  • Literature Review Guideline– This APA website page gives general considerations and elements of a literature review.
  • Types of Annotation – The bottom of this page explains what the three common types of annotations are.
  • Annotated Bibliography Video – This video details what an annotated bibliography is, its components, why people do them, etc.
  • Annotated Bibliography Template – On the right side of this page (underneath the section titled “Annotated Bibliographies: How-To Guide”) lies a template that shows a good example of what an annotated bibliography should look like.
  • Conducting a Systematic Literature Review – this website provides training on how to evaluate and conduct a systematic literature review.

Study Design and Methodology

  • Coming soon.

Data Collection & Participant Recruitment

Data Analysis

Writing Manuscripts for Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Revising and Resubmitting Manuscripts Based on Peer Reviewer Feedback

  • Coming soon.

Presenting Your Research at a Conference: Posters and Presentations