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PSY 201 (Miller): Research Paper

Research Guide for Principles of Psychology

Find Sources for Your Research Paper

This page gives specific guidance on finding sources for your paper on mental illness. Consult your syllabus for additional assignment requirements.

Research Steps

Choose a mental illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition [DSM-5] (APA, 2013)

Find a minimum of five scholarly sources less than 10 years old (i.e., only academic journals or scholarly books), in addition to your textbook and the DSM-5. Describe the (a) symptoms, (b) causes, and (c) biological and psychological/social treatments. 

  • Use PsycARTICLES to locate journal articles
  • Example search for articles on symptoms - symptoms AND Schizophrenia
  • Use etiology, onset, or risk factors as search terms to find articles about causes
    • e.g. etiology AND Schizophrenia
    • e.g. onset AND Schizophrenia

Find a minimum of five scholarly sources less than 10 years old (i.e., only academic journals or scholarly books), in addition to your textbook and the DSM-5

  • To limit by date and to scholarly sources in PsycARTICLES...
    • Check the "peer review" box to find scholarly sources (see image below)
    • Use the date "slider"  to find current sources (see image below)

To find scholarly books on your topic...

  • Type the name of your mental illness in OneSearch's search box
  • On your results page, scroll down until you see the Format options on the left side (see image below)
    • You may have to click on "Show More" to see all formats listed
    • Click on Print Books and eBooks to filter to that set of results

To ensure books are scholarly, investigate: 

  • What are the author's credentials?  Are they a psychologist or other mental health professional?
  • Is this book written for professionals, is the language scholarly, or is the book written for the general public?
  • Is the publisher a university press, professional organization, or other well-known publisher, (e.g. Wiley, Sage, Elsevier, American Psychological Association)? 
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