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Psychology

Designed with Psychology students in mind, this guide highlights information resources to enhance your research.

Resources on the Web

There are many quality resources on the internet related to psychology topics. Some of the best ones are government documents. A few selected links to government sites are listed below. Use caution in relying on internet sources for your library research as most scholarly research is represented in online databases. Consider using either books or articles listed under the respective tabs first and as your primary resources. 

These sites often cover governmentally supported research. Most can usually be found in WorldCat

Another good launching point is PsychWeb, authored by Dr. Russell Dewey, Georgia Southern University site

How to Evaluate Information

Here is an easy way to remember what to look for when evaluating the information that you find. These questions will help you assess what you might find most useful.

 

CARS: Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support

 

Credibility. Is this source trustworthy? What are the author’s credentials? Is he or she known or a respected authority on this topic?  Is there evidence of quality control?   Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

Accuracy. Is the information up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive? What is the intended audience and purpose? Does it reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

Reasonableness.  Is the presentation fair, balanced, objective, reasoned? Can you find that the author has no conflict of interest? Is there an absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.

Support:  Does this information provide background sources or references? Is there contact information for the author? Are claims supported, documentated and corroborated?. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (that is are you able to find at least two other sources (non web) that support it). 

adapted from VIrtual Salt. Robert Harris http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm