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Psychology Subject Pool: Alternative Written Assignment: Psych AWA - Finding Articles

A short guide to finding articles for the Psych Subject Pool AWA (Alternative Written Assignment).

Some recent articles

Here are some recent articles from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology - just to whet your appetite!

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Subject Pool Alternative Written Assignment

Find a research article published in the last 6 months from a journal published by the American Psychological Association.

You will write a summary of the research article, including:

  • the method used
  • the results
  • and the implications of the research findings.  

Click here for a link to the full assignment and guidelines.

Using PsycARTICLES to find your article

PsycARTICLES contains the full text of every issue of each of the acceptable APA journals -- plus, about 60 other high-quality psychology journals.

To find an article for your review, follow these steps:

1. Click this link to go to PsycARTICLES. This link pre-limits your search to empirical study articles from APA journals. The study population group has also been limited to Humans.

2. You will see a list of over 50,000 empirical study articles.  To limit to articles on a topic of interest, type some search terms into the top box.  Be brief - just one word or phrase, or one word or phrase on each line.

For example: 

3. Click Search.  You will be brought to a list of articles matching your criteria.

4. Look at the right-hand menu on the results page. Under "Limit to..." you can focus your results set to the desired dates. Change the dates and click the Enter key on your keybard.

5.  Look through the resulting articles and select one to review for your paper.  Make sure to confirm that it was published within the last six months!!

If you have any trouble, go back and try different search terms, or add search terms to the empty search boxes to focus the results list.

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