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The is just a sort of summary so that we are on the same page when this class comes around next fall.
We agreed to change the library session for General Psychology accordingly...
Julie will look at some of the articles in Credo Reference and pick specific entries to use. The idea (I think) is that students will be told to read an entry and from there be directed to peer reviewed articles. We want students to use these entries as a starting point to get a broad overview of a specific subject but not use them as sources for the papers. In fact, they will not be accepted as sources for this paper. Maybe students will be told to read their entry before class starts?
We will then direct the students to pick out key terms or specific ideas found in their entry that they will use to look for their articles
We will include an introduction to EBSCO and more specifically to PsychArticles and PsychInfo
We will also introduce them to Google Scholar. We will discuss Google Scholar's limitations (rarely are articles available full text, there is no traditional "subject index") and its benefits (suggested searches, Google's search capabilities, "cited by" indexing). We will then direct students to InterLibrary Loan options.
Credo Reference Online & CQ Researcher
Both of these resources are a good way to get started...
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