Course Research Pages

PSY 303 - Psychology of Learning and Cognition

Finding Topics and Overviews

Need an authoritative explanation or background on a topic? Start here.

Credo Reference - Contains psychology-related dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A collection of online books, including general and reference works on psychology.

Finding Articles in Research Databases

Use these resources to find scholarly journal articles on your cognitive psychology topics.

Academic Search Premier - contains articles from thousands of journals.

ERIC - articles from the education field; may be useful for some topics on learning and cognition. There is also a freely available version.

FirstSearch - articles from a variety of scholarly journals, including psychology.

PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO - contains articles and abstracts from the top psychology journals. Note that you can limit your search to type of study conducted, if desired. There's also a thesaurus to help you find correct search terms.

Google Scholar - Searches scholarly articles on the web. If full text is not available, you may order articles via Interlibrary Loan.

Understanding Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Sources

Parts of a scholarly journal article - Narrated video that demonstrates and explains article parts (with captions).

See Bowman Library's web page Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals to view a table with explanations of different kinds of sources.

Citation Help

Basics of APA Style - Shows how to craft correct citations for your bibliography and how to cite in-text. Watch and listen or just jump to the section you need.

NoodleTools - Create and save your citations step-by-step with this service.

Finding Your Audience

If you are looking for demographics on a particular community, use American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Some Local Museums to Visit for Inspiration

Bay Area Discovery Museum

California Academy of Sciences

Children's Creativity Museum

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose


Lawrence Hall of Science

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Tech Museum of Innovation

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

For more information on citation style, see:

Citing Your Research

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)