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PY 303 - Experimental Psychology II


The following books and reference materials will provide you with background information related to the research design and statistics you may employ to conduct your senior thesis.

Annual Review of Psychology
     BF30 .A56 (print version)

Beginning Research in Psychology: a Practical Guide to Research Methods and Statistics
     BF76.5 .D94 1995

Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures
     Ref BF431 .G625

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods

Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences:  Glossary
     7th ed. by David C. Howell

Handbook of Research Methods in Experimental Psychology
     Ref BF76.5 .H35

Handbook of Statistical Tables (Owen)
     Ref HA48 .O9

Measuring Behavior: An Introductory Guide
     QL751 .M255 1993

Relating Statistics and Experimental Design
     QA179 .L48 1999

Steven's Handbook of Experimental Psychology (2002)
     Ref BF181 .H336

Statistics for Experimenters: Design, Innovation and Discovery
     QA 279 .B69

This database is as close as you can get to a simultaneous search of thousands of libraries' catalogs from around the world. You can see at a glance whether Geisel Library owns the material, and by clicking on the Libraries Worldwide link, you can find out if any nearby libraries own it. If we don't have it, there is also a link to submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.


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Journal Article Databases

The following indexes and databases will provide access to scientific studies in psychology:

Major Databases

The PsycINFO database contains more than 1.5 million references to psychological literature, spanning 1887 to the present day. It includes citations to journal articles, dissertations, reports, English-language book chapters and books, and other scholarly documents relevant to psychology and the psychological aspects of such disciplines as education, business, medicine, nursing, law, and social work. See also PsycArticles, a related database, listed below.    User Guide

This EBSCO database is a subset of the larger PubMed database. It includes coverage for over 4,000 international journals in all languages from 1966 to the present. Use Medline for 1) EBSCO's easy to use search interface 2) To pinpoint titles owned by Saint Anselm College or available in full-text in other EBSCO databases. Otherwise, use PubMed as noted below.

PubMed is the premier bibliographic database of the National Library of Medicine. It provides access to the full-text of over 400 medical journals. Search PubMed if you need access to 1) very current information 2) full text to journals not owned by the college or available via other full-text databases. Click here for a PubMed Tutorial. Click here for more about the difference between MedLine and PubMed.

Related Databases

Academic Search Premier
A broad index providing abstracts and some full-text for a range of academic areas, including psychology.

This database covers much literature from the nursing sciences as well as the allied health sciences. It is therefore strong in its coverage of the psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health and illness.

"ERIC is the world's largest source of education information, with more than 1 million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice." This database is updated monthly. (1966-present)

Google Scholar
Provides citations to books and journal articles, as well as conference papers and unpublished materials. Full-text is often not available on the "free Web", but it is possible to request needed materials via Interlibrary Loan. Please consult with a librarian for further assistance.

"This database provides full text articles on current issues in psychology from respected sources, spanning from 1988 to the present. PsycARTICLES includes more than 25,000 full-text articles from 42 journals published by American Psychological Association and allied organizations. All journals included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO."

Project MUSE
"Project MUSE provides online, worldwide, institutional subscription access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics."

ProQuest Psychology Journals
Abstracts & indexing are provided for over 600 journal titles, and many of these also include full-text. Some full-text dissertations are also included in this database.

This is an excellent database for locating articles (some full-text) in the field of social psychology.


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Ethical Standards for Research with Children

"Ethical Issues in Psychological Research with Human Participants"
in Handbook of Research Methods in Experimental Psychology edited by
Stephen F. Davis.     Ref BF 76.5 .H35 2003

Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Informed Consent Sample Materials


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Questionnaire and Survey Development

See this Chapter 7 from Cal State Fullerton (lots of links included)

Hints for Designing Effective Questionnaires. Frary, Robert B. (1996).
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 5(3).

The Survey Kit. 10 volumes. Ref HN29 .S724 2003

Cognitive interviewing : a tool for improving questionnaire design.
Willis, Gordon B. H61.28 .W55 2005

Harvard University Program on Survey Research
Many useful links are here.


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Database Management

SPSS Guide (from the University of Texas)

SPSS Links (from Eastern Carolina University)

SPSS 14.0 Guide to Data Analysis (Geisel Library Reserve HA 32 .N65148 2006)

SPSS for Windows Step by Step: A Simple Guide and Reference 11.0 Update. (Geisel Library Reserve HA 32 .G457 2003). An online instructor's manual for this title is also available.

Boslaugh, Sarah. (2005). An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming: Using Syntax for Data Management. Thousand Oaks, CA,: Sage. (Library Reserve HA 32.B67 2005)


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Taking a Look at Your Data

VassarStats (from Vassar College)
(Includes analysis of variance and others.)

AmoebaWeb: Psychology on the Web: Statistical Analysis and Psychological Testing (Many links are here.)

Electronic Statistics Textbook (developed by the StatSoft R & D department)
Includes explanations of advanced statistical concepts such as factor analysis and ANOVA.


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Advanced Statistical Analysis

Nicol, Adelheid A. M. and Pexman, Penny M. (2003). Presenting Your Findings: A Practical Guide for Creating Tables. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association     Reserve Book HA31 .N533 2003

Hosmer, David W. (2000). Applied Logistic Regression. NY: Wiley, c2000.
QA278.2 .H67 2000.

Menard, Scott W. (1995). Applied Logistic Regression Analysis. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage Publications, c1995.     QA278.2 .M46 1995.


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The Literature Review

Preparing a Literature Review
This page was prepared for PY 302 and should also be included here for refreshment. It contains links to useful Guides available on the Web.

Sample Literature Review (Purdue University)

Other examples of literature reviews can be found by searching the PsychInfo database. To do this, click on the 'INDEXES' tab, and then choose 'Methodology' from the drop-down listings. Add 'Literature Review' to your search.


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Writing Guidelines

APA Citation Examples (UNC Charlotte)

APA Style Essentials (from Vanguard University of Southern California)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
 Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010

Short Guide to Writing About Psychology
BF76.8 .D86 2011

Writer's Handbook (U-Wisconsin)


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Designing a Website

Microsoft Publisher 2000 Tutorial
See last chapter 'Creating on the Web'

Establish a Web Presence with Publisher

Customize your Web Site in Publisher

Prepare, Publish, and Maintain your Publisher Web Site


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Presenting Your Findings


Advice on Designing Scientific Posters (Swarthmore College)

Creating Effective Poster Presentations (prepared by George R. Hess, NC State U. and Leon H. Liegel, Oregon State U.)

Nicol, Adelheid A. M. and Pexman, Penny M. (2003). Displaying Your Findings: A Practical Guide for Creating Rigures, Posters, and Presentations. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association.      Reserve Book HA31 .N53 2003

APA Guide to Preparing Manuscripts for Journal Publication

Abstract Submission Guidelines from the University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada

A list of upcoming conferences is available thru the APA.

In addition, please consult the following organizations' web pages for contact information and specific proposal submission guidelines and forms:

NEPA (New England Psychology Association)

EPA (Eastern Psychological Association)

CUR (Council for Undergraduate Research)

NCUR (National Conferences for Undergraduate Research)

APA (American Psychological Association)

SRCD (Society for Research in Child Development)

SFN (Society for Neuroscience)

INS (International Neuropsychological Society)

Psi Chi: National Honor Society in Psychology: Links (to organizations)


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Funding Resources for Undergraduate Research


Scholarships, Grants and Awards for Psychologists and Students (APA)

Research Funding and Opportunities - Undergraduates (U Penn)

Specific Funding Sources

Sigma XI: Prizes and Awards

Psi Chi

Council on Undergraduate Research


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About Psychological Tests

ABOUT Psychological Tests

The following print and online reference resources will assist you in identifying tests. Some also supply reviews or summaries of tests.

In addition, please also use the subject heading 'PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS' and 'PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING' in the book databases. Also, using the thesaurus in PsycInfo (Search for 'Tests') may help you to identify additional information about the following types of tests:

Screenshot from PsycInfo database

Finding ACTUAL Psychological Tests

The Geisel Library does not have a one-stop-shop for accessing individual psychological instruments. However, unpublished tests may sometimes be found in journal articles, ERIC Documents, books*, dissertations and on the Internet. Note that copyright restrictions may apply to such tests. Another approach is to try contacting the test's author/developer and asking for a copy. The newly purchased Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures (Ref BF431 .G625) will also be of help in locating unpublished tests appearing as appendixes to journal articles.

To obtain published tests it is usually necessary to buy the test. Contact the publisher of the test for prices, test availability, and ordering information. The Reference books listed above have publishers' directories with contact information. Also, search the WorldCat database to determine whether another library has purchased the needed test. If located there, it can usually be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.

* Here are a few books in the library collection that contain psychological instruments. There may be others. To locate more, try searching by the Subject Heading 'Psychological Tests'.

  • Major Psychological Assessment Instruments
    BF176 .M35 1985
  • Measures for Clinical Practice
    BF176 .C66 1994 (2 vols.)
  • Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes
    BF698.4 .M38 1991

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Citing References (APA)

American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guides
A copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is located on the library's Ready Reference shelves (Ref BF76.7 .P83 2001). For online guides to APA format, please see the following:

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