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
- List of Free Archival Psychology & Social Science Public Datasets – list of over 25 datasets along the the name of the sponsoring organization and a link to the webpage where the dataset can be downloaded.
- See my List of Helpful Statistics, SPSS, and Mplus Tutorial Videos page for these resources.
Writing Manuscripts for Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals
- Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded – The book takes an integrated approach, using the principles of story structure to discuss every aspect of successful science writing, from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words.
- The OWL at Purdue has a comprehensive and free website that reviews APA Style 7th Edition rules you must follow when writing papers in APA style. Their sample APA Style 7th Edition paper is one of the best ways to learn the new rules.
Revising and Resubmitting Manuscripts Based on Peer Reviewer Feedback
- Coming soon.
Presenting Your Research at a Conference: Posters and Presentations
- Presenting at a Conference – from the US National Institutes of Health.
- Preparing for a Presentation – do’s and don’ts of giving an academic talk.
- Wiley Presentation– A series of tips on giving academic presentations.
- Types of Presentations – information on the different types of presentations and the purposes of presentations.
- Wiley Poster – tips on creating a research poster.
- Poster Guidelines – Specific poster guidelines defined by the APA, with some diagram templates.
- How to Build a Poster in PowerPoint and Publisher – Making an APA-style poster.
- Poster Design Advice – Academic poster design advice.
- Revising a Presentation – how to give a good psychology talk.
- Sample Research Posters – a number of poster examples from different scientific disciplines including psychology.
- Poster Design Advice – from the American Psychological Association.
- Conference Presentation Advice – from the American Psychological Association.
- A video on the #BetterPoster movement by Mike Morrison – an approach designed to make posters “more efficient, more usable, and easier to create.”
- #BetterPoster template – A collection of posters using the #BetterPoster format.
- Alda-Kavli Webinar Series – How to Effectively Communicate the Implications of Your Scientific Findings to Lay Audiences and other Stakeholders