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PSY101: General Psychology (Carlini): Articles & Databases

Finding Articles through the BCC Libraries

BCC Libraries offer a variety of databases in which you can locate articles from magazines, newspapers, professional and scholarly journals. Magazine and newspaper articles are shorter in length and easier to read, but at the same time, they seldom cover an issue in depth. Use them to gain basic familiarity and then move on to academic-level articles.  What do academic articles provide?

  • A close look at a particular topic or issue
  • Content authored by scholars active in a particular field
  • Data to support research findings

In addition, academic journal articles can lead readers to other sources through their bibliographies (works cited). If you find one good article that supports your research, you can use the bibliography at the end of the paper to locate further research.

 

How Can I Tell if an Article is Popular or Scholarly?

What is a DOI?

 

From the APA Style Blog

A DOI, or digital object identifier, is like a social security number for a document online. It’s a unique and permanent identifier that will take you straight to a document no matter where it’s located on the Internet. You can read more about DOIs on pp. 188–192 of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual as well as in our FAQ on DOIs. They figure prominently in the 6th edition reference citation style.

What is Peer Review?

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

How to Read a Scholarly Article

 

Image "Reading a Scholarly Article"  published by Brandeis Library (CC by NC-SA).

Interdisciplinary Article Databases

Science and Social Science Databases

ScienceDirect College Edition Tutorial

Tutorial Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Academic Search Premier Tutorial

Using Science Direct Remotely

Follow these steps to request remote access for your account:

  1. Go to the ScienceDirect main page.
  2. Click 'Remote access’ in the footer of the page. The ‘Apply for remote access’ dialog displays.

 

remote access

 

  1. Enter your email address and click 'Continue’.
    • You may be requested to select your organisation if more than one account or organization is associated with your email address.
  2. If you are not registered in ScienceDirect, the registration page displays.
    Either register for an account with ScienceDirect and click ‘Register’ or click ‘Continue without registering’.
  3. You will receive an email with a remote access activation link. Click the link to activate your account.

After completing these steps:

  • You may be prompted to sign in.
  • You will have remote access for 180 days to your account.
  • Your access will automatically be extended each time you sign into your account.
  • You may need to repeat this process, if you do not sign in to ScienceDirect for a long time.

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