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McNair Scholars Program

Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly

  1. You have been assigned a paper about arranged marriages. You are required to find scholarly, primary research articles.
  2. Look at the 8 articles. Discuss with your group whether or not you would classify them as scholarly. Assign one person in your group to keep track of your decisions.
  3. Click here when you are instructed to Join the Game

Empirical vs Review Article Activity

1. The following is an example of review research:

Psychological treatments for complex PTSD: A commentary on the clinical and empirical impasse dividing unimodal and phase-oriented therapy positions

The following is an example of empirical research:

Distinctive impacts of sexual trauma versus non-sexual trauma on PTSD profiles in highly trauma-exposed, Black Women

2. Look at these two articles and determine which is an example of empirical research and which is an example of review research:

Sample 1


3. In this activity you will decide whether the article is an example of Empirical or Review research. Select the url to start the activity:

4. This is a tutorial meant to hep you understand how to use limiters to narrow your search in the PsycINFO database:

Organizing and Saving References and Articles

  1. You are asked to find 3 articles about causes of climate change.
  2. You need to find one article in each of the following places:
  3. Save the articles in a folder in your One Drive
  4. Save the reference information in a folder on your RefWorks account