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PSY 348: Writing for the Social & Behavioral Sciences

Interlibrary Loan - Articles

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Anatomy of an Article

Most scholarly articles in the social and behavorial sciences follow this structure:

  • Abstract – summary of the article
  • Introduction – why the research was conducted
  • Methodology – how the research was conducted
  • Results – the findings and outcomes of the research
  • Discussion – what the results mean
  • Conclusion – what was learned from the research
  • References – information and published research that the researchers drew on for their study

This interactive tutorial introduces the parts of a scholarly article, and how to use an abstract to quickly determine relevance.

(Courtesy of NC State Univ Libraries)

How to Read a Journal Article

Learn more about how to read scholarly articles

Searching in Databases

With Marymount Library e-Resources (aka databases), you can find over 8,000 educational videos, over 1,000,000 articles, and 32,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Check out a sampling of our databases below and start searching! You can also view our complete list of databases here.

Strategies for Searching Article Databases

  • Link your search words or concepts with the word AND. For example, a good way to find articles about the relationship between video games and the characteristics of the people who play them would be to search: 'video games' AND 'personality'

  • If there are different ways to say the same thing, consider using the linking word OR. For example, video games or computer games.

  • Adding an asterisk (*) at the end of a word will get alternative word endings. For instance, a search on child* will find the word child, but will also find 'childhood' and 'children.' 

  • Remember to click the box that says "peer-reviewed/academic journal." This will make sure you get the kind of research that you probably need for your assignment.

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