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.
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