PsycARTICLES PsycArticles contains articles published in academic journals about psychology. Remember to use the Age Group and Methodology limiters (on the left side of the results list).
PubMed/MEDLINE PubMed is a database with articles on life sciences and biomedical topics. Be sure to limit your searches to full-text or full-text free (on the left side of the results list) so you can view the articles you find.
Search these databases with these terms:
Bronfenbrenner bioecological model
Bronfenbrenner microsystem (or mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, or chronosystem)
Remember to limit to peer-reviewed and full text (if options are available).
Provides "full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber. The database includes all material from the print journals with the exception of advertisements and editorial board lists."
PubMed is made possible by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Access to the database is free and contains over 15 million citations from biomedical and health science journals. Available are citations, abstracts, and selected full text to articles about "medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences."
ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 317,000 full-text documents.
JSTOR contains the complete backfiles of over 625 scholarly journals with well over 3 million articles available. Full text coverage varies by journal.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Scholarly articles are easy to spot because they are long, often contain no pictures, have lots of references, and are complex and in-depth.
Parts of a Research Article
- A summary of the article. ALWAYS read the abstract—it will tell you whether the article is relevant to your topic or not.
- Introduces the topic, gives context and history, demonstrates why it’s important.
- Detail how the experiment is conducted.
- Shows the basic results of the experiment.
- Interprets the results of the experiment and explains what they mean.
- Summary of findings; where to go next with this kind of research.
- A list of references/sources the authors use in the article.
Call or e-mail a librarian if you need further research assistance. We're happy to help!(952) 358-8290
Library Faculty - Reference & Instruction
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A guide to APA citation format based on the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.