Psychology 220: Research Methods
Syllabus (Section 4)
OAKS This password-protected "private web" site is available only to students in my Psychology 220 class. This is where you will go to take online quizzes, peruse resources (e.g., graphics, PowerPoint slideshows) used during class, and check your grades. You can also get there by gong My Charleston, logging in using your Cougars ID and Password, and clicking the acorn icon in the upper right corner.
My Advice to 220 Students
General Research Methods Links
Key resources developed for this class will be posted on my OAKS home page as we use them during the semester. The links below are general in nature, and you may find some to be useful as you move through this course. Although I obviously cannot vouch for the accuracy of the content of these sites, each appears to be worth a look:
Goodwin, J, (2008). Research in Psychology: Methods and Design (6th Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. The textbook is available at the College of Charleston Bookstore (160 Calhoun St., 953-5518) and at University Books of Charleston (360 King St., 853-8700). Clicking this link will take you to a useful publisher's website with a variety of resources related to your textbook. For each chapter there is a set of chapter objectives, a concept review, application exercises, key terms, and a variety of sample test questions. Enjoy!
The Knowledge Base An online research methods textbook--excellent, comprehensive source of research methods topics (e.g., interaction effects, quasi-experimental designs, factorial designs) written by Dr. William Trochim of Cornell University.
Amoeba Web, an extensive collection of research methods links on numerous topics (e.g., reliability, program evaluation, scales of measurement, how to construct a survey), is maintained by Douglas Degelman at Vanguard University of Southern California.
Psychology Tutorials and Demonstrations Part of an excellent website at Hanover College (examples of topics include internal validity tutorial, demonstrations in auditory and visual perception.
"Name That Threat" Examples of threats to internal validity taken from Huck and Sandler's book, Rival Hypotheses.
Electronic Statistics Textbook Rusty on stats? This is a good online review and general reference book made available by the StatSoft company.
Online Statistical Calculation A number-cruncher's delight: Many links to web pages that perform statistical calculations online, as well as links to free statistical software, online statistical manuals and tutorials, and so on. Compiled by a biostatistician, John C. Pezzullo.
APA Style, Library and Internet Research
Basics of APA Style From the horse's mouth (APA): A tutorial that introduces you to the scientific writing style used by our profession (the 6th edition of the Publication Manual). Warning: It speaks!
Digital Articles and Databases The best online database for references and abstracts of professional articles in psychology is PsycINFO. The College of Charleston Library also provides full-text access to over 40 high-quality APA journals, such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, American Psychologist, Neuropsychology, and Psychological Review, via the PsycARTICLES database If you are a student at the College and wish to use these databases, this link will take you to the list of all of the College's databases. Click "P" to go to the PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES links (if you are off-campus, be sure to login to "Off-Campus Access" first). Two other useful psychology-related databases are Medline and the InfoTrac Expanded Academic Index.
I am amazed at the number of e-journals (electronic journals) and databases that our College Library carries -- and most with access to full-text articles! For example, the journals Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Brain and Cognition, and Neuroscience are carried in the ScienceDirect database, and the journal Annual Review of Psychology and Journal of Applied Psychology are carried in the Business Source Premier database.
Bare Bones 101 New to the Internet? To Boolean logic? Metasearch engines? Specialized databases? Check out this basic tutorial on searching the web from the USC-Beaufort library.
Google Scholar A good way to find real articles about real research.
Research Ethics Resources
Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science Interesting research ethics issues raised through various concrete examples; maintained by Case Western Reserve University.
Centre for Applied Ethics Many useful links to ethics resources in health care, animal welfare, environment, business, science, etc.
Teaching Research Ethics A project of Indiana University; more links to ethics resources.
College of Charleston Institutional Review Board The IRB is coordinated by the College's Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA).
Government Accountability Project Resources concerning whistleblowing, governmental wrongdoing, scientific integrity and misconduct, and so on. [This is a private organization, not a government agency.]
Internet-Based Online Experiments
Psychological Research on the Net Many single, stand-alone experiments in different areas of psychology; an up-to-date list maintained by Dr. Krantz of Hanover College.
Yahoo! Listing of Tests and Experiments in Psychology More single, stand-alone experiments in different areas of psychology.
PsychExps - Psychology Experiments on the Internet An excellent site begun by Drs. McGraw and Tew of the University of Mississippi. The experiments are written in Macromedia Authorware, which requires a free plugin for your browser (downloadable through their site).
Web Experimental Psychology Lab The WWW's first online site for experimentation in psychology. Experiments in English and German, with much up-to-date information about online experimentation and useful links. Created by Dr. Ulf-D. Reips of the Psychological Institute, University of Zürich.
Psychology Career Resources (also see the Psychology Department's Advising Resources web page...)
Psychology Scientific Problem Solvers: 21st Century Careers in Psychology A very useful APA online brochure on psychology careers, job outlooks, employment statistics, and so on.
APA Student Site All the wonderful student resources of the American Psychological Association at your fingertips; take a look at the new online version of the monthly Monitor, which includes job advertisements in psychology.
Last revised on January 7, 2013
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