Psychology - Academic Referencing and Writing


Psychology Research

This LibGuide will give you advice on how to write academically, as well as understand how to find good sources for your investigations.

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Journal versus Website

When you conduct research for a Psychology assessment, you may come across a number of great articles that give useful information about your topic. Two sources that you will often find journal articles and articles found on websites. Both can be useful for your research, but both serve different functions. Moreover, they are both very different when it comes to referencing.

To explore the differences there are some activities and information on the tabs on this LibGuide (seen above) which give examples of each. To summarise briefly, a journal article will generally contain original research, be peer-reviewed (which means that other researchers have read and check the article to ensure it meets a certain academic rigour) and will be constructed in a way that clearly outlines that way the research has been conducted, its findings and possible applications of further research. An article found on a website will generally summarise other research, will not be checked by anyone outside the organisation publishing it (meaning that you need to decide on it veracity) and does not always follow a clear structure. This does not mean that an article from a website should not be used, rather you need to be aware of its purpose and limitations as it applies to your work.

If you are looking for an article on a website then using google or other web search engine is fine. If you are looking for academic articles then google scholar or any of the open-access databases found on the left of this page will help you. You may also choose to use the GALE Databases available through the Nexus webpage.