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Scenario: You have to write a short paper for a class on the topic of evaluating studies which appear in popular sources. Below are several popular sources you are considering using.

Watch this video on scholarly sources to find out if your source is credible.

  • Using the ABCD criteria on your handout, work with your team to score the source you are assigned.

  • Record your score here: Google Doc 
  • Make sure to write the name of your source.

Pro-Tip: Each team evaluates ONE of the following sources

Consider: Can a source be credible without being peer reviewed?

Is your source credible? Is the study referenced in the popular source Peer Reviewed?

Consider: If an article references a study, is it better to search for the study and read it or to read an article that mentions the study? 

Has the popular source interpreted the study correctly?


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ABCD Handout

Share out: Google Doc

Finding and Understanding Scholarly Articles in Journals and Library Databases 

1. Watch this video about Peer Review.

2. Break into groups.

3. Each group searches in the databases/journals provided. 

4. Find an article that you agree on as a group.

5. Create an APA citation for the article and post it on the doc (see below). 

6. Answer the questions for your group in this Google Doc


US Govt. Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook 

  • Enter your subfield in the search box and then click "Go"
  • Find the relevant subfield from the list of results (most likely the top one)
  • You can find out median pay, educational requirements, tasks, and other information about the occupation

APA Psych Careers

  • Look at job descriptions and requirements IRL 


  • Library databases focused on scholarly, trade, and professional journals in the field of Psychology 

How to Read a Scholarly/Academic Article 

Often, the contents of an academic article cannot be grasped by a single reading.

You have to engage with it several times, but in different ways.

Step 1: Skim the abstract, introduction paragraph, and conclusion paragraph. 
Step 2: Skim the whole article
Step 3: Determine your purpose for reading the article
Step 4: Read specific sections critically to fulfill your purpose

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Contact your CLP librarian, Jenny if you have any questions, concerns, or need a bit of helping getting started:


Here are some great online resources:

APA Divisions

  • "APA’s 54 divisions are interest groups organized by members. Some represent subdisciplines of psychology (e.g., experimental, social or clinical) while others focus on topical areas such as aging, ethnic minorities or trauma. 

    APA members, and even professionals not affiliated with APA, can apply to join divisions. " 

  • scroll down and click on "View all Divisions"

APA Psych Careers

  • search by position title, key word (just enter the type of career in which you are interested, i.e. "developmental psychology" or "school psychologist"), and location. 


When searching for sources for your Annotated Bibliography, you may want to start here, with the journals list: 

Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology

Journal of Community Psychology

The Counseling Psychologist

Counseling Today

Psychology, Community & Health


You can also search the databases directly: 

PsycArticles (EBSCO)

  • Click "full text" to ensure that all of your results are immediately accessible
  • Search by keyword: if you are interested in searching for information about a career working with children and teens, you may want to search for the MOST IMPORTANT words-
    • "children" AND "adolescent" AND clinicians or practice 
  • If you are looking specifically for scholarly articles, make sure to click "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)" so that all of your results are from academic and peer reviewed journals

Sage Journals (Online)

  • Scroll to the bottom of the home page for the database and click "Explore Discipline Hubs"
  • Click "Psychology & Counseling" to explore all of the articles and journals for this discipline
  • Search using keywords